After initial tests in several countries and a release in India, Instagram Reels has now been rolled out globally. The new feature is often referred to as the “TikTok” clone, and Instagram’s timing is perfect considering the uncertain future of TikTok in the US.
It’s no secret that Instagram likes to… “borrow” features from other popular apps. After creating Stories and disappearing messages like those on Snapchat, Instagram now takes on TikTok. The new feature called “Reels” is coming to Instagram, and it’s referred to as a “TikTok clone.” After recently being rolled out in India, Reels is about to be introduced for US users as well.
I believe most of us use Instagram, either for personal or business purposes. Therefore, I want to warn you that there seems to be a new phishing scam going around on Instagram at the moment. By sending fake copyright notices, hackers are trying to get your account details and hack your account.
Instagram has released another feature aimed at dealing with nasty comments and trolls. Instead of deleting comments one by one, you can now do it in bulks and get rid of the trolling and nasty comments much faster.
Instagram has been working on creating “in memoriam” accounts for deceased members of the platform. However, the current situation has reportedly forced them to speed things up. According to the latest report, Instagram wil launch the feature soon due to the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths.
Instagram recently made it possible to send messages and watch live streams through a browser. And Opera wants to make it even more accessible. This browser now comes with a built-in Instagram icon in the sidebar to make it faster and simpler to access the app. There are several browsers out there and I guess each of them wants to draw more users by offering certain features. It seems that this is Opera’s attempt to do so.
That social media is full of fakery is old news. But what fascinates me is just how easy it is to fake your life on Instagram. YouTuber Natalia Taylor recently decided to test it out herself. She “traveled” to the nearest IKEA store and took some photos, even purposely leaving some IKEA price tags in them. She shared them on Instagram, and she managed to prank her followers to believe that she was on a vacation in Bali. Natalia shares more details in her recent video, and it’s a useful reminder that social media isn’t real.
Seeing all those amazing photos of perfect lives and perfect bodies on Instagram can make us feel jealous. We know that they’re posed and even fake, yet they can still make us feel that we’re not good enough. Because of this, Instagrammer Sara Puhto has built her Instagram account around body positivity and much-needed reality check. She shares side-by-side photos of herself that show just how big the difference is between real life and posing for social media photos.