A new, faster, and better way to help you fast forward through post is being tested by Instagram. ‘Tapping,’ instead of scrolling through post will allow you tap through post the same way you tap through stories. A Twitter user Suprateek Bose posted the screenshot of the new feature being tested by Instagram on his Twitter page.
The test, which has also now been confirmed to TechCrunch by Instagram, could actually change the way you read posts on the Facebook-owned picture sharing app. A spokesperson of the company told TechCrunch that: “We’re always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love.” That said, the spokesperson was unable to confirm if same feature is being extended to the main feed.
It is yet another feature being copied from Snapchat by Instagram. Snapchat already has that feature enabled for its users. Tap to advance gets rid of the need for scrolling through your posts, which can be stressful sometimes.
One thing though, you have to be careful when tapping a post to advance—doing a double-tap could ‘like’ a post inadvertently.
Right now it is just a test, and no known or exact date has been officially made known on when the tap to advance will become available for all users. That said, it is a feature many will definitely be looking forward to.
Earlier in the week, Instagram rolled out third-party authentication support. This becomes inevitable considering how unsafe SMS verification is at the moment—the process of accessing your account via SMS is no longer as effective or safe as it used to be.
Third-party authentication has been in the offing for a while, and the fact that it is now available for Instagram users means the test has now been completed. Third-party authentication apps like the popular Google Authenticator and Duo Mobile on Android among others, will now act as additional layer of security when accessing your account. You will be able to choose from any of the approved third-party apps once you have activated third-party authentication login.
The new third-party authentication login feature can be turned on by simply going to the hamburger menu on your profile, tap the settings, scroll to two-factor authentication, and choose between ‘get started’ or toggle on the authentication app. Once done, Instagram will then automatically detect the app of your choice and walk you through the entire setup process, which only takes a short time.
As part of the process of securing users’ accounts and making the platform safe for all, Instagram last August launched a couple of security features. One of the features it launched will let you access more information about some popular accounts that you follow. ‘About This Account’’ is a feature that allows you to access more information about accounts with large followers or reach. The purpose of this is to allow you evaluate the authenticity of the account.