It feels like every new update with Instagram is focussed towards copying other social networks. If you take a look at Instagram’s new “story” feature, you’d be mistaken to think you were on Snapchat.
In the latest changes to Instagram, they’ve changed the commenting on posts in a big way, but one that you’ll be familiar with on its parent-owned site Facebook. You can now Like/Heart comments by other people. It may not sound like a lot, but it’s a feature that many Instagram users have been craving for.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom blogged, the new changes will “show support and encourage positivity throughout the community”.
As you would expect, it’s all very simple and all you have to do is tap the “Heart” icon next to a user’s comment to show your support.
Turn commenting off on certain posts
As well being able to show support to those who comment, you can also turn off commenting on Instagram posts altogether.
Simply view a photo post and tap on the three dots “…” in the top right to turn commenting off.
Remove followers from private accounts
Similar to other social networks such as Twitter, some people opt to keep their Instagram account private. Usually people do this to only share content with close family and friends.
This basically means that they have to approve everyone that follows them.
However, from time to time you may want to carry out a little spring clean, and some of the followers that you once approved may no longer be relevant (sorry people).
You can now remove people that follow you by clicking on your followers list, then tap the “…” next to their name. Don’t worry, Instagram has assured us that they won’t be notified of their removal.
As with all updates, these will be begin rolling out to everyone over the next two weeks.