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Multi-photo update for Instagram

Screen Shot 2017 02 24 at 07.28.29

Multi-photo update for Instagram

Popular photo-sharing site Instagram has recently rolled out a new feature that allows users to upload multiple photos to a single post, taking away the hard choice some users face about which photo they need to upload to their profiles.

This feature was spotted by eagle-eyed fans when it was being tested in the beta version of the app, but it has now been officially rolled out to users on both the iOS and Android versions of the platform and will continue to be introduced to all users over the coming weeks.

Instagram informed its users about the change in a variety of ways, including a blog post announcement and through its Stories feature, which informed users of the update as well as demonstrating how it can be utilised.

The new multi-post feature allows users to upload a maximum of 10 photos per post, with the final product appearing like a slide show. To see the whole post, users simply swipe through the photos.

To make the most of this feature, when on the upload section of the app, there will be an option to add multiple photos. Users simply click on this option and select the photos they wish to be part of the post. Once selected, users can apply their favourite filters to individual photos, or the whole post, and even change the order they wish images and videos to appear. However, users will still only be able to apply one caption per post.

In order to help users identify that a post has multiple photos, the platform indicates on the first photo that there is “more to see” and features a little blue ellipsis icon (…) which highlights a different dot depending on how far into the slide show a user goes.

In the past, if a user cannot decide which photo they wish to upload, they either spam their followers and upload multiple photos in a short period of time, but risk spreading the number of likes they collate. The alternative is to third party apps such as Layout and create a collage, combining multiple photos into one image to upload to the main Instagram platform.

Layout is the official collage app of the platform, with its logo featuring the same vibrant colour scheme as Instagram itself, but is a standalone app. However, with the introduction of the slide show feature, will this make these types of apps obsolete?

Alan Littler

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