It’s a world where only the strongest and the fittest survive—blink and you will be left behind because Instagram is again testing a new tool that will make it even more popular among users. The ephemeral photo sharing app is reportedly testing a Stop-Motion camera tool only a few days after rolling out its Superzoom creative tool.
According to The Verge, Stop Motion camera tool will let you take a long series of photos that can be stitched up by Instagram into a GIF that can then be posted in your story.
With the Stop-Motion tool you can take series of photos, but can’t edit them individually. Once you are though with takin your pictures, you can tap “done” to easily access the story-editing tools like stickers and text. You can then post the stop-motion GIF to your story from them.
The Stop-Motion tool is still being tested, and may or may not see the light of the day; but of course, this could depend on a couple of factors. If at the end of the test, Instagram finds it good enough to do a public rollout, then we might see the tool pretty soon or later.
If eventually released, the Stop-Motion camera tool will be an addition to the growing list of camera tools like Boomerang GIFs, layout collages, hyperlapse time-lapse, and the recently launched Superzoom.
The competition with Snapchat will only bring out the best in the app, and will probably benefit users who will now have loads of good features to use when snapping and uploading images to their story.
Stories is one of the most successful features Instagram has on its list. The feature was copied from Snapchat last year, and has turned out to be one of the most used on the platform. The last time I checked, over 250 million people were using the feature to tell the world their stories.
Last week the ephemeral picture sharing app launched a new feature to enhance live video broadcast. The new feature, according to Instagram, will allow you to add guests when going live on Instagram.
The rollout is coming on the heels of a recent test Instagram carried out a couple of months ago. The test at the time, was only available to a limited number of people, and was a prelude to a bigger rollout which has just been announced.
Going forward, you can now invite another person to join your live broadcast from your device. You will be able to add people who are watching any live video you are streaming at the moment by simply clicking the “add” button in the corner of your screen. Once a friend is added, he or she will join you in a separate window below your screen. You can only add one guest at a time, but can replace one guest with another.
The screen splits into two when you invite a friend to join you in live broadcast. Your friend will join you on the other half, while you are on the other end of the screen. This, however, doesn’t affect the fact that people can still make or post their comment.