Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Instagram testing Regram feature, GIFs in Stories, and more

Instagram testing Regram feature, GIFs in Stories, and more

According to folks at The Next Web, Instagram is now testing a "Regram" button on its app, which will allow users to repost another user's photo on his / her own profile.

TNW today obtained information on a range of new features Instagram is now testing. Of course, give the fact that there is already an app named Regram, we do expect Instagram to name its "new button" differently - probably. The "regram" button is likely to function similarly to retweeting on Twitter or reblogging posts on Tumblr. It's a big improvement for users who have had to use manual workarounds or third-party apps to regram photos. This is something that's been embarrassingly absent from Instagram for far too long, and while third-party solutions do exist for similar functionality, it's exciting to finally have something like this built into the app itself. Instragram's native option should provide a smoother and safer experience.

TNW reports that users may soon be able to search for and add GIFs to content, archive your Stories in a personal archive, share content privately with just a group of your closest friends, and share photos to WhatsApp.

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Instagram has had an Android beta app for some time, but a new one may be coming.

In September, Instagram also appeared to be testing a feature that allows users to save their Stories, instead of losing them after 24 hours.

Yet another new feature TMN detailed with a screenshot is a bit more curious than the others.

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Its not yet clear if or when these features will actually be incorporated in the app.

There are a few other features now being tested by Instagram as well.

If they accept, you will be added into the live stream within seconds, with a split screen showing both you and your friend. That said, if this did become a new feature, it would surely be a useful one, as it would remove the need to put image credits as a caption on reuploaded photo or piece of artwork. This week, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel publicly blamed Facebook for allowing the rise in false news stories through its algorithms, saying, "content created to be shared by friends is not necessarily content created to deliver accurate information".

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