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Instagram’s new status indicators are yet another thing to turn off

Instagram’s new status indicators are yet another thing to turn off

If it can't make you share more photos, Instagram instead plans to coax you into chatting, with a new feature underscoring the app's direct messaging. Although direct messaged have long been offered on Instagram, they're now getting status indicators which show whether someone is currently active.

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Instagram may soon let public accounts remove followers

Instagram may soon let public accounts remove followers

As it stands, those of us with public Instagram profiles don't really have a way to quietly rid ourselves of annoying followers. They can be blocked, of course, but when you do this, they aren't able to access your profile at all, leading them to quickly find out they've been blocked and potentially confront you about it. You can also set your profile to private, but plenty of users would prefer to avoid doing that just to stop harassment from a few unsavory people.

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Instagram confirms new authentication option that skips SMS codes

Instagram confirms new authentication option that skips SMS codes

Instagram is working on a new two-step verification option that will help protect users from SIM hackers, according to a new report. The platform's existing verification system works by sending a code to the user's phone via an SMS, but the upcoming system will rely on an authentication app like Google Authenticator. Confirmation of the new option follows a report earlier today highlighting SIM hijacking.

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Instagram outage has many users locked out of their accounts

Instagram outage has many users locked out of their accounts

Instagram has just confirmed that an issue impacting its service has prevented many users from signing into or otherwise accessing their accounts. Reports are coming in from all corners of the globe showing difficulties logging in, but some users report not being able to perform other actions, such as browsing images and uploading. The company says it is investigation the issue.

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Snapchat fix: Streaks saved, thank goodness

Snapchat fix: Streaks saved, thank goodness

A fix is in the mix for Snapchat, an app whose servers had issues over the past 24 hours. Those users with Snapchat on either Android or iOS (assuming you're not using the app with some 3rd-party off-the-wall system), can try the following to save their Snap Streaks. The first step requires that you hold your breath, because you're about to turn off the internet!

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Instagram Questions Sticker: Download the update

Instagram Questions Sticker: Download the update

This week the folks at Instagram released a new feature for their social media platform - for you iPhone users, and Android, and everyone in-between. This new feature allows users to ask questions of their followers with a sticker. A sticker is a piece of media that's placed OVER a photo or video, and a "question" is somewhat more of a poll sort of thing, if you catch my drift. The update is out this morning.

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Instagram now tells you when to stop scrolling

Instagram now tells you when to stop scrolling

Trying to keep up with friends on social media can be a stressful task, especially if you have a lot of people populating your feed. At the same time, it can be difficult to know that you're seeing the newest posts on sites like Facebook and Instagram because of the way their respective feeds are arranged. Beginning today, Instagram is launching a new tool to help with that very problem.

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Instagram Stories can now have music to play alongside them

Instagram Stories can now have music to play alongside them

The week is almost over but Instagram definitely isn’t. This week alone it has rolled out feature after feature, asserting that it hasn’t become irrelevant in an age of Snapchat. After video-centric features, good ol’ IG has not turned its attention to music. Now you can add more drama or excitement to your Instagram Stories by choosing a track to go along with it, while you record or even after the fact.

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Instagram Lite sneaks into Android

Instagram Lite sneaks into Android

Instagram has had a very busy month. From new features like IGTV and video chat to letting anyone take screenshots of Stories, the social network giant is making splashes left and right. Which makes the silent arrival of its Instagram Lite app on Google Play Store a bit puzzling. The app, after all, is carefully decided to pull in even more users to add to its billion-strong roster, especially users in markets with slower Internet speeds and smaller smartphone storage space.

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Instagram update adds video chat: Get it here

Instagram update adds video chat: Get it here

Instagram has received a rather big update on iOS and Android. Three new features are being added with this update, with the biggest and arguably most exciting of the three being video chat. Other new features include some additions to Explore and a handful of new camera effects.

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Instagram reveals IGTV standalone vertical video app with channels

Instagram reveals IGTV standalone vertical video app with channels

Instagram has announced a new app called IGTV, a vertical video platform for Instagram users to post content and watch videos. The content will be available in both the Instagram app and the IGTV app, the latter of which serves as a dedicated destination for video-only content. The app will launch in the near future, but we know all the details now.

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Just a few Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube alternatives

Just a few Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube alternatives

If you no longer want to be part of the connected world that's also the ad-supported world, there are alternatives. They aren't the same as the apps and social networks you use now, and it's not often that they get as big a celebrity following - but maybe that's not why you're on the internet in the first place. Today we're having a peek at a few alternatives to the major social networks as they roll right this minute.

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