Instagram is testing a repost and other new features

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Credit: https://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2017/11/29/instagrams-secretly-testing-regram-button-many-big-new-features/

A screenshot obtained from TNW has shown that Instagram is working on a repost feature. The feature seems to be one of many others secretly being tested by the Facebook subsidiary. The repost feature is one that will gladden the hearts of many users who have had to depend on third-party tools to share posts on the ephemeral photo sharing app.

Considering how insecure your Instagram account becomes once a third-party app is installed, adding a native tool can be likened to Christmas gift that couldn’t have come at a better time. Haven said that, it’s just a test and even though it looks like a feature that will be rolled out globally, things could still change. For now, all we can just do is to wait for further update from Instagram and not get our hopes high.

Other features are also being tested—it’s like the Facebook-owned picture sharing app is adding GIFs to Stories or regular post. There isn’t much to report on this, but we hope to bring you more information as soon as we have an update.

Instagram is also testing a feature that will allow you to save your Stories in personal archive. So, if you have been worried about losing or not being able to save your best stories, then this one will probably calm your nerves. Apparently this version being tested will allows you to save your stories beyond the 24-hour period.

A favorite friend feature is also being tested, and could be rolled out pretty soon. The feature will enable you select your favorite friends and add them to a group from where you can share content with them. More like Twitter’s ‘List’ where you can create a list of your favorite followers add them to a group and read their tweets first.

Also coming soon is a feature that will let you share your posts to WhatsApp. Not surprised by that one though considering the fact that WhatsApp is a sister company of Instagram. Recall that Instagram also lets you share your posts to Facebook—so the WhatsApp update isn’t coming as a surprise.

It’s a lot of work heading to Christmas, and could be one where we get to see some if not all of these features hitting the app. The repost feature for one is something I can’t wait to try out myself.

The ephemeral picture-sharing app now allows you to request to join your friend’s livestream. The rollout came on the heels of a 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 was announced towards the end of October.

To request to join a friend’s livestream, simply tap the “Request” button in the comment section where you will see a confirmation that your request has been accepted—and of course, you will have a couple of seconds to prepare. Once you are live, the screen will split in half, which of course, means you can hang out live with your friend. You can also exit your friend’s livestream at any time.


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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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