New York: Instagram has announced an update to its website which is likely to make it a bit more useful.
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.
Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is testing a selector wheel format to display filter options for ‘Stories’ on its platform.
The semi-circular wheel of options was first spotted by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, who also highlighted that the test feature reduced the eight camera options to three, Social Media Today reported on Tuesday.
“Instagram is working on new ‘Stories’ user-interface, inspired from mechanical circular mode switcher in DSLRs. Tabs reduced to just ‘Live’, ‘Normal’ and ‘Create’,” Wong tweeted.
‘Stories’ options like ‘Superzoom’, ‘Rewind’ and ‘Stickers’ have been re-arranged under the ‘Normal’ and ‘Create’ options, with ‘Live’ retaining its own mode.
While the ‘Normal’ option has captured modes and Augmented Reality (AR) tools, and ‘Create’ hosts text and sticker tools.
“The new flow will mean that users may need to scroll around several times during their creation process to add all the effects, but the rounded selector does make it a little easier to do so, and looks like a helpful addition,” the report said.