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Instagram update lets you follow hashtags to stay in the loop

Instagram update lets you follow hashtags to stay in the loop

Discovery is becoming an increasingly large part of social media. After all, if you can easily follow topics you're interested in, you're not only more likely to stay on a site like Facebook or Instagram, but you're also more likely to come back. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, then, that Instagram is today launching new tools that will allow you to more easily follow the topics you're interested in.

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Instagram’s new Direct app splits off private messaging

Instagram’s new Direct app splits off private messaging

Facebook’s war against Snapchat continues and this time it is using Instagram as its proxy. The popular social photo sharing platform has just rolled out a limited test of its new Direct private messaging app that removes the same functionality from the main Instagram app. But in addition to exhibit similar behavior to Snapchat, this split could bring back painful memories of Facebook’s controversial extraction of Messenger into its own standalone experience.

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Instagram Archive and Highlights make your Stories permanent

Instagram Archive and Highlights make your Stories permanent

Throughout 2017, we've seen Instagram roll out new features Stories at a fairly consistent pace. Today, Instagram Stories is getting two new features that might be bigger than all of the rest. Stories Highlights and Stories Archive are both being introduced today, and they're both meant to give your stories a little more longevity.

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Instagram wants you to stop endangering animals for selfies

Instagram wants you to stop endangering animals for selfies

While the world has begrudgingly accepted selfies as something that isn’t completely going away, that doesn’t mean it has become an acceptable behavior in all circumstances. People have done so many things in the name of selfies, resulting in the destruction of irreplaceable objects, harm to living creatures, and sometimes even death. Instagram, one of the biggest havens for selfies, wants to put a stop to at least one of those by discouraging selfies that encourage putting animals in danger.

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Instagram adds replay controls and feature for remixing friends’ photos

Instagram adds replay controls and feature for remixing friends’ photos

Instagram has introduced a new feature that allows users to remix their friends' photos using doodles and similar things. The feature was announced today, though there is a limitation: you can only do this to photos they send you in a message, not ones they post on the service. That user can then add their own content to the remixed image if they want.

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Instagram Stories get support for old photos and videos

Instagram Stories get support for old photos and videos

Perhaps you've been taking photos over the last few days, but haven't had any reliable Internet access. Thanks to a new update, you can now use that content in Instagram Stories even though they're more than 24 hours old, marking a welcomed expansion to the popular feature. The change applies for both photos and videos.

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Rylo is a new kind of camera by ex- Apple and Instagram devs

Rylo is a new kind of camera by ex- Apple and Instagram devs

Rylo might be the only non-phone-based camera in the world worth considering using by the average video-capturing person today. The device has two cameras, one on either side, and it captures spherical video for flat editing. That is, while it captures the entire world around the user, it allows magical things to happen with the final product - a standard video with smart focus and plenty of other smart software tricks.

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This Instagram Superzoom feature update is bonkers

This Instagram Superzoom feature update is bonkers

OMG there's a new feature in Instagram that is completely hilarious and you need it immediately. This new feature comes with a collection of Halloween-themed bits and pieces, the whole lot of which is available in one download. The rest of the features available in the newest version of Instagram come in the form of stickers and face filters - they're all pretty much the most spooky features you'll ever see.

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Instagram Live update brings split screen live videos with friends

Instagram Live update brings split screen live videos with friends

By most accounts, Instagram Live has been a success with users since it was rolled out as part of Stories nearly a year ago. The entire time, Instagram has been bolstering Live with new features, whether it's adding replays from your Live broadcasts to your Story or tossing in some Snapchat-like face filters as your friends watch. Today, Instagram announced perhaps the biggest new feature for Live since it launched: the ability to broadcast alongside a friend.

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Instagram Stories can now be cross-posted on Facebook

Instagram Stories can now be cross-posted on Facebook

Facebook is rolling out a new feature that allows Instagram Stories to be cross-posted on Facebook, where they appear as Facebook Stories. Signs of this cross-posting feature appeared in recent days, and now the company has confirmed that the feature is rolling out to everyone with the exception of businesses. The functionality should speed things up for users who frequently post on both platforms.

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Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Another day, another Instagram Stories update. Instagram has been seemingly launching new features for Stories left and right, and just when you might think that it's running out of new things to implement, it comes right back and introduces polls. Beginning today, you can poll your friends in Instagram Stories and see the results of your poll in real time.

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Instagram just gave you the tools to control comments

Instagram just gave you the tools to control comments

Instagram has tweaked its comment controls, adding more granularity over who can respond in an attempt to cut down on harassment and bullying. The photo and video social network has faced criticism for handling offensive and threatening comments against its users poorly, in addition to offering mediocre tools for them to manage their accounts. Indeed, until now it was effectively an all-or-nothing approach.

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