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Instagram updates website to become more useful

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New York: Instagram has announced an update to its website which is likely to make it a bit more useful. download (1)

Nearly three years after it first came to the web, the company said it was rolling out a search feature on its website. You can now search for hashtags, locations, and user accounts right from your desktop, The Verge reported.

Instagram is also refining the landing pages for hashtags and locations, so that when you click a link on Instagram.com, you’ll see a page with the most popular results placed on top of recent photos.

The move comes about a month after Instagram introduced improved search and discovery features inside its mobile app, redesigning its “explore” tab to surface trending tags and places.

“Instagram.com is designed to be complementary to the mobile apps,” the company said in a blog post.

(IANS)

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Instagram Users Less Interested In Controversial Images

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People are not interested in political or controversial images on Instagram Wikimedia Commons
People are not interested in political or controversial images on Instagram Wikimedia Commons
  • Recent study says, Instagram users don’t like to engage with controversial images
  • People see Instagram more as a way of escaping from the ‘real world’
  • Users prefer ‘clean images’

The majority of Instagram users are drawn to the popular photo-sharing platform for social news and entertainment, and they are less likely to engage with political or controversial images, says a study.

Instagram users are not interested in controversial images. Pixabay
Instagram users are not interested in controversial images. Pixabay

“The reasons that users avoid political or controversial news photos are multifaceted,” said T.J. Thomson, a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri in the US.

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“Some users said they felt badly about ‘liking’ a photo of a tragedy while others said they turn to other sources when they seek serious news stories,” he added.

“Many people view Instagram as an oasis where they can escape from the troubles and concerns of everyday life,” Thomson said.

In the study, published in the journal Visual Communication Quarterly, the researchers identified three user groups that emerged from the study’s sample.

Some Instagram users feel guilt on liking pics of tragedies. Wikimedia Commons
Some users feel guilt on liking pics of tragedies. Wikimedia Commons

Feature lovers, who mostly engaged with exciting photos that showcase adventure and travel. News hounds, who engaged most strongly with photos concerning politics and global culture; and optimists, who engaged with uplifting, positive and funny images.

While the majority of users in the groups preferred feature images to news images, the researchers found that news images can garner strong engagement if they are presented in ways both aesthetically pleasing and empowering.

“Most users in our study preferred simple, clean images,” said Keith Greenwood, Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Missouri.

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 Many Instagram users use the app to escape from harsh realities of life. VOA
Many Instagram users use the app to escape from harsh realities of life. VOA

“So news organisations might draw in more engagement from users if they post images that are representative of the story they’re telling, but are still friendly to the eye,” Greenwood said. IANS

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