Finally, Instagram is giving us something we have always looked forward to; multi-photo post feature. The new feature is hidden somewhere inside the app’s new version—10.7.0, and is gradually being made available to some Android users.
Currently in beta, the feature will enable you showcase multiple photos in a single post. It is currently being tested by advertisers on the platform, and hopefully if all goes well, we could see it available for every user.
Spotted by Droid Life, the feature might see the light of the day upon successful test by a handful of testers. You will be able to select up to 10 photos from the gallery, add filters to each of them chosen by you, and upload the photos as an album to your timeline. Your followers will be able to see the album, and will be able to slide through different shots, liking them as the slide goes.
Not the first time companies are being allowed to test a new feature on Instagram—it’s typical of the Facebook-owned photo sharing app. This is usually done along with a handful of users in order to get feedbacks from users. Once all tests have been completed successfully, the company then rolls out the full update to everyone.
Chances are that Instagram may eventually roll out the full version sooner or later, but users shouldn’t get too carried away as everything depends on the success of the test. Don’t forget to give us a feedback when the new feature finally rolls out and your first impression about it.
Instagram currently has 400 million daily active users, according to Sheryl Sandberg, while discussing the company’s growth and success in an interview per Forbes. All thanks to Stories, Instagram reached a milestone last December when it announced that it had 600 million users on its platform.
To think the company achieved this feat [added 100 million monthly active users] within six months is commendable; but even that is down to adding some new features. Stories for instance, a feature the company copied from Snapchat; helped the company to add a lot of users within the past few months.
When asked in August if the company copied Snapchat’s version of Stories, Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom didn’t deny. Asked to confirm if that was the case, he said: “They deserve all the credit”, insisting that “This isn’t about who invented something. This is about a format, and how you take it to a network and put your own spin on it,”
Last week, Instagram announced that it had concluded plans to roll out its Live Stories to a global audience. Recall that the feature was made available to users in the US towards the end of last year, while users in the UK, Germany, France, Brazil, Canada and Japan took their turn a couple of days back. Unlike live video on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Instagram’s Live Stories are designed to disappear after one hour. Instagram Live video cannot be saved by users to be watched later. Instagram wants you to feel “comfortable sharing anything, anytime,” which explains why live videos disappear after a while.