It’s not strange for Instagram to get new features, and then we see them on Facebook as well. After Stories, now it’s Reels’ turn. From now on, Reels are also available on Facebook, and there’s even a chance for you to monetize them.
You know how seemingly random Instagram’s algorithm has been ever since it stopped being chronological? Well, that’s about to change, at least up to a point. Instagram is currently testing a feature that lets you choose Favorites among the people you follow. This way, their posts will always show up in your Feed first.
When we scroll through Instagram, it seems like almost everyone is living their best life. Everyone’s hair looks perfect; everyone’s smiling, everyone’s children are well behaved… But I learned a long time ago that Instagram isn’t reality.
I still sometimes have to remind myself that there’s a lot more hiding behind those seemingly perfect lives, bodies, pets, children, travels, and meals. So, I made a little collection of posts that show what Instagram would look like if people were honest in the captions under those flawless images.
This year, Instagram has become more devoted to protecting teenagers than ever. However, its latest effort is just… Silly. From now on, Instagram will prompt you to share your birthday. All. The. Time. Instagram cites “young people protection,” and warns that you won’t be able to use the app unless you share your birthday.
Instagram’s swipe-up links in Stories are about to disappear. The app is ditching this format in favor of something new – link stickers. Some users are already seeing the change and using it. However, many have been left without an option to add links to their Stories until the new feature is officially rolled out.
Instagram has announced some changes in the app with the aim of protecting teens. From now on, users under 16 (or 18 in some countries) will have their accounts set to private by default. Messaging between kids and adults will be limited as well, and so will the ads teens can see on the platform.
Last week, Instagram introduced the new “Sensitive content control” feature within the app. It lets users choose how much sensitive content they want to see – all, some, or almost none of it. This means that some people you may want to reach will not be able to discover your work in Explore, and some creators have already complained about it.
If you ever visit the Explore feed on Instagram, you probably run into more or less stuff that you absolutely hate. Well, Instagram now lets you control it – at least up to a point. The app now has Sensitive Content Control, a brand new feature that lets you choose how much sensitive content you will see in your Explore if any.
Just last night, I was having a conversation with my cousin about how addictive and dangerous social media can be if we use them excessively. If we let social media control us, it can ruin our self-esteem, and alter our views of the world and of our own lives.
The work of Swedish photographer Andreas Varro perfectly illustrates this somewhat gloomy conversation. His latest series of conceptual images shows all that’s wrong with living our lives on Instagram and other social networks. And other than being thought-provoking, Andreas’ photos are also masterfully done. DIYP chatted with this talented artist about his work. In this article, and we bring you a story about his inspiration and workflow, and of course – you’ll see some stunning photos.