Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is testing a seek-bar for shorter videos to let users drag the cursor to watch specific parts of the videos.
The functionality is already offered for IGTV videos on the platform. But now it is being tested for the 60-second videos users upload on their accounts to make locating desired parts of the videos easier for followers.
The test feature was discovered by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong who tweeted a clip of an Instagram video with the seek-bar on top of the video on Thursday.
Instagram has not disclosed any details about the official rollout of the feature as yet.
Ever since its launch, the photo-messaging app has kept a tight leash on content controls and options on its platform.
It does not allow any links on the captions and only lets users view one post at a time as opposed to swiping through each post from a profile.
However, it seems as the platform is expanding, it is incorporating additional functionalities to cater to user demands, Social Media Today reported.
Recently, the platform launched the beta version of its in-app shopping feature called “Checkout with Instagram” starting with the US to allow users to buy products tagged in images or videos without having to leave the platform. (IANS)
Despite its common occurrence, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding miscarriage and many women find that their emotional and psychological needs are unmet as they go through a devastating grieving process. But for some, Instagram has emerged as a tool to cope with such distress, a study says.
The study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, found that the content posted by Instagram users included rich descriptions of the medical and physical experiences of miscarriage, and the emotional spectrum of having a miscarriage and coping with those emotions, the social aspect, and family identity.
“I find it endlessly fascinating that women are opening up to essentially strangers about things that they hadn’t even told their partners or families,” says Dr. Riley. “But this is how powerful this community is,” said Amy Henderson Riley, Assistant Professor at the Jefferson College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University, US.
The findings are based on a qualitative research study on 200 posts of text and pictures shared by Instagram users.
“What surprised me the most was how many women and their partners identified as parents after their miscarriage and how the miscarriage lasted into their family identity after a successful pregnancy,” said Rebecca Mercier, Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University.
“The extent to which this loss affects women and their families, and the longevity of their grief is a blind spot for clinicians,” Mercier said.
These personal accounts also provided insight into patients’ perspectives of typically defined experiences.
For example, in the clinic, the typical definition of recurrent pregnancy loss is after three pregnancies. However, the researchers found that many patients who had had two or more miscarriages identified with having recurrent pregnancy loss.
“I’m hoping that this study will encourage clinicians to point patients to social media as a potential coping tool, as well as to approach this subject with bereaved and expecting parents with more respect and empathy,” Mercier said.
Social media is becoming a common avenue for patient testimonials. For example, the short video-sharing platform TikTok has recently become a home for some users to make videos sharing their personal health struggles.