Instagram testing 'Regram' feature along with GIF Search, Story Archives and more

Ross Houston
November 30, 2017

The repost feature is one that will gladden the hearts of many users who have had to depend on third-party tools to share posts on the ephemeral photo sharing app. Reposting has also been a hallmark of almost every big United States social network, with Facebook's share and Twitter's retweet buttons the most obvious examples, and yet Instagram has stubbornly refused to abide by this particular design conformity.

Vice versa, when you regram something, it should show up in your followers' timeline. Or, use a 3rd party app that does that for you.

GIFs are apparently coming to stories, too. We don't have a lot of information about this - other than the test version being ugly - but it seems Instagram is tapping Giphy, like you do, to source GIFs in-app.

Instagram has offered a beta version of its app for a while, but only for Android. Searching for and including GIFs in posts and Stories is also now being tested and appears to be powered by Giphy.

The mechanism behind the new archive feature is pretty straightforward; you can already save the pictures and videos you upload to Instagram's Stories on your phone's camera roll before they disappear. It can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.

A Close Friends list would allow users to share content with a small group of other users. Facebook has a similar filtering options for posts.

Parent firm Facebook has a habit of integrating functions from rival services into its own products. For instance, instead of simply pressing "heart" on Beyonce's maternity photo (Instagram's most liked post of 2017), you may be able to simply regram the image into your own feed soon.

Earlier this week (28 November), the app released the ability to let users "remix" friends' photos with personalised stickers, text and drawings in an attempt to enable "fun conversations".

Another addition will let users pin conversations with specific people, so to have them right at the top of the list independently of when the last message in the conversation was sent.

'Add Coffee' option?! Yeah... we don't know either.

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