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Instagram’s photo maps will soon be a thing of the past

Instagram’s photo maps will soon be a thing of the past

Instagram has been adding features at a relatively quick pace, but now it's becoming clear that it also intends to remove ones that just aren't working anymore. Get ready to say goodbye to photo maps, as Instagram has confirmed that they'll soon be going the way of the Dodo. In fact, for some users, the photo maps purge has already begun.

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Instagram brings pinch-to-zoom functionality to iOS

Instagram brings pinch-to-zoom functionality to iOS

Lately, Instagram has been rolling out a significant number of changes and new features. From changing up its app icon to keep things on the fresh side to rolling out a new stories feature that seemed to borrow heavily from another popular social media app, Instagram has been making a large number of tweaks and firing them out the door quickly. Today, the features list is growing once again with the addition of a small yet frequently requested feature: pinch-to-zoom.

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Instagram Explore feed gets event video channels

Instagram Explore feed gets event video channels

Instagram is pushing the video aspect of its service via the launch of new video event channels in its Explore section. These channels highlight videos from events, whatever they may be, so that you can get up to date on the things you missed. As expected, the channels are tailored to each user, so the highlights are of things you’ll probably actually want to see, like clips from your favorite band’s concert or a sporting event.

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Instagram Stories come to the web with this Chrome extension

Instagram Stories come to the web with this Chrome extension

Photo-sharing social network Instagram took a big swipe at rival Snapchat earlier this month with the launch of Instagram Stories. But whether or not you feel like it's a cheap copy or it one-ups Snapchat's version, the feature is turning out to be very popular among users. The only draw-back at this point is that Instagram Stories can only be viewed in the mobile apps, and not on the desktop via browser.

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Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Don't look now, but Facebook is making another move to attempt to woo some users away from Snapchat. After Instagram introduced a Snapchat-inspired Stories feature, Facebook has rolled out a new Olympics-themed test in Brazil and Canada that features selfie filters from MSQRD, a company the social media giant acquired earlier this year.

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Instagram Stories basically copies Snapchat Stories

Instagram Stories basically copies Snapchat Stories

The folks at Instagram have launched a new feature for their mobile app called Instagram Stories - a name you may have (sort of) heard before. Snapchat has a similar feature, one called Snapchat Stories - or Snapchat's My Story. Users are able to share photos and videos with their followers with 24-hour timers on them. That should sound familiar. Both services offer basically the same thing.

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Instagram will soon let all users filter and block comments

Instagram will soon let all users filter and block comments

Instagram will give all of its users the ability to moderate the comments on their posts, according to a new report, with the feature being set to rollout gradually soon and more broadly in the next handful of months. This news follows Instagram’s launch of comment moderation for businesses, something that allows them to block comments that contain words and phrases flagged as offensive. In this case, the planned moderation feature will be going live for high profile accounts first, aiding in the elimination of abuse and more.

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Instagram ‘Picked for You’ channels find videos you (probably) want to watch

Instagram ‘Picked for You’ channels find videos you (probably) want to watch

Instagram has announced a new feature called “Picked for You” that groups videos by each user's favorite interests and topics, making it easier to find new video content rapidly. These new "Picked for You" channels will be found under Explore, and will include everything from comedians to musicians and more. According to the company, it has seen users increase their video watch time on Instagram 150-percent over the past half year.

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Mark Zuckerberg takes his MacBook security seriously

Mark Zuckerberg takes his MacBook security seriously

A few weeks back we learned that Mark Zuckerberg had his twitter and pinterest accounts hacked. At the time, the hacker group that hacked the accounts claimed that his password was a very simple word "dadada" leading some to assume that the Zuck wasn’t that security conscious. Now an image has turned up that Zuckerberg sent out to celebrate the 500 million active monthly users that Instagram boasts and it appears that Zuckerberg does take some security seriously.

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Instagram will soon have a translation button

Instagram will soon have a translation button

Instagram has announced an upcoming feature that will make it easier to enjoy content posted in languages other than your own. In the “coming months,” Instagram will display a translation button in user bios and on feed posts that are written in a language other than the one used in your account, making it possible to see translations immediately without copying and pasting the text into a translator or waiting for the entire Web page to translate.

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Instagram celebrates 500m users with some surprising trends

Instagram celebrates 500m users with some surprising trends

Selfies, food photos, gratuitous humble-brags... Instagram has them all, and it also has, as of today, 500 million members active every month. The new user milestone comes on the heels of the photo sharing service's big brand revamp which left many members spitting over the pared-back icon and more minimalistic app, but that controversy doesn't appear to have had a negative impact on how many actually use it.

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This is why your Instagram photos suck (and how to fix it)

This is why your Instagram photos suck (and how to fix it)

Instagram is full of beautiful photographs. If you've been on the service long enough, you've probably found a bunch of accounts that regularly post mind-blowing images. Each one is beautiful in its own way; you imagine taking photos like it, carefully cultivating your own Instagram account into a trove of skilled, captivating pictures. Reality, though, hasn't worked out this way. Your pictures aren't so great and maybe you're feeling discouraged, but don't fret. Anyone can take great Instagram photos with the right steps.

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