Instagram is testing a new feature called “Type”—more heartaches for Snapchat?

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Instagram is aiming a jibe at Snapchat with a new feature called “Type” Type according to TNW, is a new feature that will let you share text-based clips instead of photos or videos.

Type, according to the report, appears as an independent option at the bottom of the Stories camera. It comes with loads of fonts to choose from, while Instagram automatically selects a background. If you like you can also upload an image of your own that can be used as a background. In order to emphasize your text, the ephemeral picture sharing app will apply filter on your image.

In other Instagram-related news, WABetaInfo, a blog solely dedicated to WhatsApp breaking news has spotted a new feature that will notify you when someone takes a screenshot of your story. So, keep your fingers cross and wait for that announcement because it will come pretty soon—and don’t forget to drop is a line when the feature appears on your phone.

Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature that comes with the ability to post Stories to WhatsApp. The ephemeral picture sharing app according to TechCrunch, will let you post your Instagram Stories directly to WhatsApp as a WhatsApp Status. Status is a feature similar to Instagram Stories, and allows you to decorate your photos, videos and GIFs that can then be posted.

Since all messages including pictures, videos and GIFs on the Facebook-owned messaging app are encrypted, the report confirms that Stories posted to the messaging app will also be encrypted.

When contacted to comment on the new feature being tested, a spokesperson for the ephemeral picture app said, per TechCrunch that: “We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you.”

From what we understand, the feature is currently being tested with a small number of users. As expected, only a handful of users are currently allowed to access the new feature being tested. Users will be allowed to tap and share to WhatsApp from the sharing screen of Instagram. However, they are still expected to press the “send” in WhatsApp to post the story.

You can now connect to Instagram from Messenger. This is available in the People tab where you can add your Instagram contacts to your list of friends that can be reached via the messaging app. If you are a new user, you also have the option of adding your Instagram contacts from the Messenger sign-up flow.

Instagram users can now access their profile through Facebook’s navigation menu on mobile that includes a link to their account. The new option appears right below the link to your personal profile in the Facebook app, and above your Facebook Page(s) being managed by you.

A lot is really happening at Instagram these days, and the only way to stay informed is to always stay close to this blog to get yourself up to the minute with all the stories.

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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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