Instagram’s secretly testing a Regram button and many other big new features
today obtained information on a range of new features Instagram is currently testing. As with all tests, this means some of you may have already seen one or two of the new features. Some of you, however, have not. Instagram and Facebook tend to roll out new features for testing to small segments of the audience, not all at once — and some may never been seen again after these tests.
Here are the highlights of what we’ve found:
Instagram appears to be finally working on a native Regram button. It’s a feature many users have been waiting for for some time. Currently, users wanting to reshare content have to either save the image or video to their device and re-share it from their own account, or call upon one of several third party apps like Regram, a popular Android option.
The screenshot above suggests a native option is coming soon, which is great… because third party apps are often insecure and awful.
It looks like Instagram may finally join the GIF party and allow users to search for and add GIFs to their Stories or regular posts. We don’t have a lot of information about this — other than the test version being hideous — but it seems Instagram is tapping Giphy, like you do, to source GIFs in-app.
Our only hope is that it doesn’t look anything like this when it’s done.
Instagram has had an Android beta app for some time, but a new one may be coming. Instagram has been inviting a select audience to test the new version of its Android app in a very limited beta. Those lucky enough to get in might get a chance to play with those awful GIFs, from Instagram’s new GIF search.
But you really don’t want to, we promise.
Earlier this year, Instagram was spotted testing a favorite friends-type feature, a feature it now looks close to releasing. It’s exactly what it sounds like: add your closest friends to a select group and you can share content with just them — like DMs, but for people with more than one friend. It actually reminds us a lot of Myspace’s Top 8, which we can only hope we’re part of for you.
Oddly enough, your closest friends won’t get a notification when you add them. They will, however, get a notification when someone within the group shares a new post using the feature.
Okay, so maybe it’s actually for stalkers, not friends.
Instagram is still testing options for users to share posts or profiles with friends on other Facebook-owned networks, namely WhatsApp. The screenshots suggest iOS users now get to join the fun too.
As for “Share to Facebook,” many users have had that for a while.
- Top emoji and hashtags quick search option
- We also recently spotted a new follow hashtag feature which could be coming soon to all users.
- Pinned thread option in direct messages
- Emoji shortcut words for things like ‘CONGRATULATIONS’
- ‘Add Coffee’ option?! Yeah… we don’t know either.