Instagram started out as a simple application with a simple purpose, it’s to take photos of what’s currently happening or current photo that’s about you or your friends; basically it allows you to share photos quickly as it’s happening hence the “insta” in the name. From the moment it became available on Android (it was only in iOS back then) the user base jumped dramatically and almost everyone with a social account and smartphone had an account. It was a no nonsense app back then, open the app, see the feed, you have options for searching other people, create a new post, or view your profile. After snapping a photo, you get to apply filters to your photos then upload them straight to your social media account if it’s linked to the app.
Instagram Seen to Step up Its Game Even Further
With various apps like Snapchat stealing the limelight as a more intimate photo and video sharing app, Instagram underwent a lot of changes throughout the years to keep up with the demands of people. First was the video sharing capability, advanced editing options, as well as other features. Despite the many changes, the UI remained familiar. Upon opening the app, you have your feed of the people you follow, a new feature that’s familiar to Snapchat users is the “stories” feed that is shown as a top row of your friend’s profile pics. At the bottom is the search button, new, notifications, and view your profile buttons. The recent update went for a flatter look with clear and crisp line drawn icons making the UI uncluttered as well as less distracting making the photos take full attention.
The new Stories feature lets you create a stream of photos and videos for your followers that disappears after a day. First run of Instagram for Android and iOS guides you on how to use the stories feature, using it is easy,just tap the top left icon, and you’re ready to go live with a touch of a shutter button or hold for video. The standard features include video mode for sharing videos up to 15 seconds long as well as editing tools to fine tune your images and videos.The social feature lets you discover posts that you may find interesting based on your recent searches and posts with the hashtag or related words on your description, it also suggests accounts to follow as well as popular posts from the people you follow.
Instagram has been a pioneer in the social photo sharing apps and with a well-established community as well as integration into social media such as Twitter and Facebook it’s hard not to create an account or simply not linking your social account into it, it’s simple to use and addicting.
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