All you need to know about Instagram Updates 2019

Instagram hiding likes!!One big news that is breaking the internet these days is the Instagram new trial update, hiding the total number of likes from the pictures and videos posted.

However, the original creator can still see the total count but to the rest of the world, the count will be hidden. This update has been already running in Canada and starting yesterday it has been launched in six other countries:






-New Zealand

The concept behind removing the count of likes is to let the users/followers focus on the actual picture or video rather than judging the success of the post by the number of likes. Hence removing the pressure of how many likes your post will receive. This is good in a way because Instagram policymakers do not want to discourage the people who don't get many likes on their post instead they want people to keep sharing stories and focus on quality rather than quantity.

However, this change is still in the testing phase and we don't know when it will be a permanent one.

Instagram Algorithm Rumor

There is another rumor that was gaining popularity around the change of algorithm that Instagram uses. The rumor was that Instagram is limiting posts to the point that only 7% of followers would see them. Unfortunately, this was just a copy-and-paste scam which is such a popular phenomenon on social medial.

Eventually, Instagram had to use twitter to clear the air and deny any changes in the algorithms. Actually what they say is that their algorithm has been the same since 2016. What shows first in your feed is determined by the kind of post and accounts you interact the most with i.e. primarily based on your activities only.

Instagram Updates 2019!!

Instagram has been doing a lot of updates since the beginning of this year, here is a glimpse of all the updates so far in 2019:

-Video scheduling

This feature benefits mostly the Business Profiles since it expanding their reach in the time slot they wish to. However, you will need scheduling tools like Hootsuite, Social Report to help you schedule the video. But the flexibility with this feature is just too commendable.

-New Stickers

Countdown Clock stickers - this lets you set a real-time countdown for any upcoming event in your stories. How cool is that, isn't? This acts as a reminder for the followers.

Question Sticker in Live Sessions- This lets the viewer understand that its time for Q&A when you have a live session going on.

Polling stickers- You must have seen people asking for an opinion on the 'Yes/No' form in their stories. Well, those are the Instagram Polling stickers that are super fun to use.

Quiz Stickers- "Ask me anything" is the most popular quiz sticker these days. It also allows you to add multiple choice questions and then you can track the results too. It solves both the purpose of fun and business too.

Donation Stickers- This serves a noble cause, by letting the user raise money fund within the app for NGO's. But this feature is for US users only.

-IGTV Previews

Instagram Feature was introduced in 2018, but now you can even share previews to attract more viewers for your IGTV videos. IGTV videos can be of 1 minute to an hour-long. So if you are a daily poster of those videos, why not lure the public with a one minute preview.

-Remove Followers
This may sound weird, because why would you want to remove any of your followers. But yeah, now you have the option to remove any of your followers too. Which is good in a way because some follower can be creating a nuisance and you should have the flexibility to remove them.
-Shoppable Post
Now you can add post with shopping tags like prices, size, features highlighted over the picture. This is a great feature for online businesses.
-Shopping Checkout

This is one of the best features that Instagram introduced. You can shop while staying within the app and also keeping your information safe. That's what is called shopping made easy.

-Sharing post to stories

Now you can share any post, not only yours but also others to your Instagram story. That's how people thanks to their posts by posting other's wishes on their stories. But practically it has got both utility and supports fun.

-Track your Activity

It may be of use to you or may not be but now you can track how much time did you spend on the Instagram app. Moreover, you can also set a threshold and can get reminded if you are crossing the threshold limit.

There is no end to the new features and updates to Instagram. There are many more to come in the rest of the year. Stay Tuned for more updates.

All you need to know about Instagram Updates 2019

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