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Instagram gets third-party Story support and video chat

Instagram has announced a number of new features during parent company Facebook's F8 developer conference. Firstly, you can now share to the Stories functions directly from third-party apps, without actually switching to the Instagram app. With compatible apps, Instagram will automatically pull the content in question into its editor where you can tweak the image file or add filters as usual.

On the one hand, this makes Stories operation a little easier and more seamless; however, it also means you don't have to connect your Instagram account with any third-party apps to post a Story, avoiding any sharing of account information.

The new feature will initially be available for Spotify and the GoPro app, but more apps will follow at a later stage. The feature is rolling out to Instagram from today.

There is also a new video chat feature that allows users to talk one-on-one or within a group-chat. This could potentially make Instagram an alternative to existing video chat services like Skype.

Finally, a redesigned Explore section is expected to debut within the coming weeks.

It looks like Instagram is slowly but surely moving away from its core-function as an image sharing app and transforming into a do-it-all communications platform, offering many of the same services as sister apps Facebook and Whatsapp. It'll be interesting to see how the new features will be implemented, and what this means for photographers who have built a sizable following on the [formerly] image sharing app.

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zzzxtreme
zzzxtreme

This will make people start using their gopros again

3 weeks ago
anticipation_of
anticipation_of

This feature creep is getting ridiculous. Video chat now, but still no support for freakin' screen rotation? Instagram's relevance to me is fading fast. Time to try some other options.

3 weeks ago
definedphotography

That and still no support for posting 3:2 portrait oriented photos without crop.

3 weeks ago
anticipation_of
anticipation_of

Yeah, that is super annoying. Maximum ratio of 4:5? What is this? Instagram is not at all serious about actual photography.

3 weeks ago
NG Resonance

@anticipation_of: This has been obvious for years!

3 weeks ago
princecody
princecody

Is Zuckerberg gonna sell video data next to the highest bidder?

3 weeks ago
Storytime

One thing is for sure, he not evolving this platform to support photographers. Otherwise the above mentioned “features” would have been implemented long ago.
He is only in it to get data, to feed his monster of an AI.
He will do anything to ensure market share. So if photos is not helping he’ll just ditch it.
Oh yes, we all have to ask me Z. Permission to the info and data stream.

3 weeks ago