Instagram is currently testing geofencing for Stories

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If all goes according to plan, you will soon be able to restrict your stories and posts to selected countries. It means you can choose not to make your posts and stories universally accessible to everyone around the world.

This much was revealed by respectable app researcher Jane Manchun Wong who posted this on her Twitter page. Wong tweeted that while creating your posts, you will be able to choose specific countries where you want them to show. Similar feature it seems, will also be available for Stories.

For brands, this is probably a huge addition as it will enable them to limit the content to specific countries. If you own a brand, there is probably no reason to encroach into regions where you may have rights issue. It will also interest many brands out there that they can also now create location-centered content.

Facebook, Instagram’s parent company offers similar features to users—users are able to post content based on countries. Twitter also offers similar features where users can post to specific country.

There has been no word yet from Instagram on when geofencing will be officially launched. However, the fact that the Facebook owned company is testing geofencing means you might soon be able to restrict your posts to specific countries.

Instagram is constantly testing new features—you could soon be able to tag friends in video posts. The test has been confirmed by Instagram per TechCrunch, and could soon be available to users.

We’re always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love,” a spokesperson confirmed, in a statement per TechCrunch.

Video tagging works similar to the way you tag photos, but this time around, you won’t have to “press the small icon at the bottom left to see the list of tagged names appear over top the content.” Of course, this is understandable given the fact that it will be more difficult to do that with videos.

As soon as you press the button, you will be directed to a new page titled “People in this Video” with everyone that has either appeared in the video, or who the original poster of the video wants to notify.

Only a handful of users are taking part in the test which according to TechCrunch is only for those that have “been opted in to the test” by Instagram.

Still there is more—Instagram is currently testing a new ecommerce app. The Verge reports that the standalone app is being designed to cater to the needs of shoppers. When launched, “IG Shopping” will let users “browse collection of goods from merchants that they follow.” Citing people familiar with the story, The Verge writes that users will be able to shop directly from the app.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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