Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Instagram to launch new way to add friends

Instagram to launch new way to add friends

However, a company spokesperson recently told TechCrunch that it is working on a data portability tool that will enable users to "download a copy of what [they've] shared on Instagram..."

In fact, Instagram this week is rolling out the @mention sticker on iOS, which should make it easier for users to connect with friends in Stories. Once updated, you will see a new "Focus" option in the camera mode of the Instagram app. The new Focus Portrait Mode is now available on selected Android devices as well as iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S Plus and other iPhones.

Nametags will allow users to create a special image that people can scan with the Instagram Stories camera in order to follow them. Just tap to take the photo or hold if you want to record a video.

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You can also shoot video clips to add to story with this cool Focus mode with the background blurred.

Instagram is testing a new feature called Nametags. Admittedly, the preview Instagram provides doesn't look all that high quality, but I guess that's the price you pay for using a free app to mimic a feature that normally requires extra hardware.

Facebook has had a comprehensive backup facility for many years now, so it's rather disappointing it took Instagram this long to do it.

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Photos with a bokeh effect (blurred backgrounds) become all the rage since Apple chose to make it "cool" with the introduction of the iPhone 7 Plus. Given that links and resharing are pretty peripheral features on the app, it's less likely to fall victim to the abundance of fake news that proliferates on Zuckerberg's original brainchild (or rather, its users are).

Instagram confirmed the plans to add the data-downloading feature a little more than a month before Europe's General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect, on May 25.

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