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Updated your Instagram yet? Over the weekend, Instagram unveiled some major new Instagram Updates 2022 and its exciting news for influencers, content creators, and regular users alike.
Do you know what Instagram is? Of course, you do! This social media platform is filled with memes, arts, and beauty. Being the social media platform focused on images, Instagram is somewhat famous for being the home of celebrities and memesters. The reason for this popularity is straightforward; You cannot download Instagram posts without using third-party software. Even if you do this, there is always a high risk of your account getting banned.
That being said, this social media platform and application are constantly evolving. Don’t worry; we won’t have to worry about the Instagram bot being sentient, but if you spend a good chunk of your time staring at the beauties and laughing at memes on Instagram, you should know about the recent Instagram updates on 2022.
Who knows, you might even be a creator. If you are a creator, you must know about some of the recent updates on this social media platform.
Do you want to know what they are?
Although 2022 has just started, Instagram has already changed significantly. Although there are many minor updates, most of which have to do with minor bug fixes, five significant changes have drastically impacted the way we interact with Instagram. Let’s see what they are!
Instagram never stops to surprise us. Here are the major updates from the Instagram Land you need to know!
Instagram reels is a wonderful section of this social media platform that lets you post videos on your profile. This concept is like TikTok, where you are limited to 15 to 50 seconds of video with similar features.
Similar to TikTok, you can do voiceover, lip-sing, or post your original videos. However, this is just the core of Instagram Reels. With the recent Instagram updates for 2022, you can now comment on these videos with your video.
Why is this an important update? Well, simply because this opens up a whole new way to interact between the creator and commentator and opens up new possibilities to build and expand your connection.
The ability to embed Instagram profiles on websites is not a new feature. However, this was somewhat limited in the past. Back in the past, you could only embed links to your profile, and the user would have to jump to Instagram to view the profile.
Of course, this was limited to public profiles. However, as of 2022, you can view a miniature version of your profile on the embedded Instagram link. This works somewhat like a preview of the profile and contains the number of posts and generic view of your latest ones, number of followers, and following.
Along with embedding your profile preview, you can add in 6 of your most recent images on the website. The sad news is that this feature is available only for the citizens of the USA; however, it will be accessible to global users in due time.
How to embed an Instagram profile on the web?
Let’s be honest here, Instagram is all about showing your creativity and beauty. This includes beauty with art, images, and texts. Although you can do the same with the reels, there are limitations. However, with 2022 Instagram updates, you have a bit more space for creativity.
Text to speech is not a new concept. It has been on the internet for a long time. However, by integrating this existing feature into the Instagram reels, the creators get one more tool to show off their skills in video creation.
Since this is a relatively new feature, many people don’t know how to use this. If you want to use this, you will need to:
The process is relatively simple. However, because this Instagram update is relatively new, you only have two options for voice. Hopefully, in the future, we will get more customization freedom with this text-to-speech feature of Instagram.
Going Live on Instagram is not a new feature; however, until now, this was just for interaction with your followers and increasing their engagements. There was no monetary value of going live on Instagram.
However, you can get some monetary value with the new Instagram update for 2022. Although you need to be above 18 years and have above 10,000 followers, you can now earn money from going live on Instagram. For any medium-sized organization or averagely popular influencer/ celebrity, 10K follower is not a big hurdle.
In this new update, the viewers can purchase the badges and send a gift to their organization/ celebrity who is going live. The badge price is:
As you gift these badges, your user handle along with your message will be highlighted on the screen. This is similar to twitch subs or stickers on TikTok.
The only sad news is that this feature is only available for creators from the USA so far. However, we can expect this feature to be available globally soon.
Don’t get us wrong; the chronological algorithm is nothing new to Instagram. The only issue is that Instagram had disagreed with this algorithm for a few years. Because of this, many creators and users have been dissatisfied with the way Instagram news feed worked for quite a while.
Because of the high demand to bring back the chronological algorithm of Instagram, it was included in 2022 Instagram updates. Now, you will see the posts based on when they were posted. The posts on your Instagram feed will be sorted out based on their upload date, with the top ones being the most recent.
This will give the organizations and celebrities to get more engagement if they know the prime time of their viewership and the users to get the content from their favorite creator at their peak hour of activity.
It makes it easier for you to grow your audience and get discovered by better previewing your content outside Instagram in more places. Image previews will now appear in your Tweet when sharing Instagram posts from public accounts to Twitter. This highlights your content and shows people what they’ll see when they click your link. Our goal is to create a better experience for people who want to see a preview of Instagram content while scrolling on Twitter.
This report is your guide to the upcoming trends, as defined by Gen-Z, that will shape culture in 2022.
In order to create this report*, we tapped into the minds of Gen-Z to learn more about the rising Instagram trends across categories including music, fashion, creators and celebs, beauty, social justice, and so much more. read more
Instagram is all set to launch ‘Instagram Subscriptions’ to let creators and influencers monetize their content and make money.
The subscriptions will be priced at $0.99 per month, however, this is not the final price.
In India, the App Store listing for Instagram shows Rs 89 monthly charges for “Instagram Subscriptions”, which as first spotted by Techcrunch, wasn’t there before. Earlier, the App Store listing for Instagram only included badges as in-app purchases starting at Rs 89 to Rs 449.
The feature is expected to be similar to Twitter Blue, meaning followers of influencers and creators will get access to exclusive content by getting subscriptions.
After 9 years, now you’ll be able to see Instagram link previews on Twitter.
Until now, you could only see the URL on Twitter. Now, on sharing an Instagram link on Twitter, you’ll see a card with a preview of that post. The feature is rolling out on Android, iOS, and the web.
TikTok was the most downloaded non-gaming app in October 2021 across the World.
It was followed by Instagram having over 56 million installs globally. As TikTok was a band in India, they accounted for the highest number of Instagram downloads with a contribution of 39%.
You must have seen those ‘Add your favorite sunset photo’, ‘Add your account here for people to discover’
Well, this is another new Instagram feature. ‘Add Yours’ sticker in Stories lets users create public threats on certain topics. It helps in discovering accounts and reaching more people.
Instagram has Combined Feed Videos and IGTVs and brought them under one tab: VIDEOS.
Also, now you can record and post 60 seconds long stories as one, thus, 60 seconds’ stories won’t be broken into segments.
Do you always check lightning and the Internet before IG Live?
IG heard you and launched LIVE PRACTICE MODE, which will allow your guests to join before the scheduled time so you can check things before sessions.
Get notified about Outages!
Yes, IG is now testing in-app notifications so you can get notified about any outages and violations you make if any!
You probably heard this by now:
But Creators may overuse this feature.
With such a strong new tool, Instagram can become a place where users just promote, instead of mainly creating and inspiring.
And Nobody wants that.
Try to add links to your stories one every four /five times. This adds a degree of exclusivity to your promotions. What do you think? * So, you see this feature already??
The main purpose of the Montage feature is to help users create reels by combining elements from Instagram stories’ frames.
Instagram subscription coming very soon!!!
Instagram is testing new feed display options that include a variation of the platform’s long-gone and much-missed chronological feed. Users will be able to mark some of the accounts they follow as Favorites. Content from those accounts will then be prioritized in their feed.
Are there any features that you think Instagram needs to UPDATE/ REMOVE now? – Comment below