Users of photo-sharing app Instagram call it “regram,” but you can also call it repost. Instagram is adding the ability to publish feed posts to multiple accounts. This can be done by toggling them [the posts] on within the composer screen. Confirming the new update to TechCrunch, a company spokesperson said the option is only available to all iOS users: “We are rolling out this feature to provide a better experience for people who often post to multiple accounts.”
Regram could make it easier for businesses, influencers and other users with Finstas and Instas to publish the same content or promotional images across different profiles at the same time. This saves time because the need to post content or memes to once account at a time would have been eliminated.
I won’t use the word deviate, but the coming of regram only means one thing—Instagram is leaving behind its traditional way of doing things. The feed will no longer be original—a factor that has separated Instagram from several other social media platforms.
For now, the feature is only available to iOS users, and no date has been mentioned as the possible time Android users will get their own turn to use regram. That said, ability to post to multiple accounts is not a bad attempt at making Instagram a haven for businesses, individuals, and influencers.
In early December, Instagram launched a new feature called ‘Close Friends.’ Close Friends allows you to share your stories with select group of friends. Instagram began testing the feature in June 2017, and was then referred to as ‘Favorite.’ However, not only has the test been successfully completed, the feature has now been renamed as ‘Close Friends.’
Close Friends will let you choose a group of your favorite friends from your lists of followers while shutting others out from accessing your shared stories. You and your select group of friends will be able to share more close and private stories within the Close Friends feature.
To use Close Friends, simply open up the Stories camera and take either a video or photo. Once done, a new green circle with a white star will appear, simply tap, and you will be taken to the close friends list where you can add your favorite friends to your inner circle. Instagram will also suggest friends based on users you interact with regularly. Better still, you can use a search box to populate your list. Typically, according to Instagram’s product lead Robby Stein, people usually add a dozen friends to their lists during testing.
On completion of your lists of close friends, you will be able to share your private stories with those within the group by tapping the green circle anytime you take a photo or video for Stories. As soon as a photo or video is shared, your close friends will see a green ring around your story in the tray at the top of the feed indicating that a close friend has just shared something more private.