First off, as it did last year, Instagram will make all Pride-related hashtags appear in rainbow color gradient in-stream, while it’s also adding rainbow stories rings for stories that use these hashtags.
Its also adding new stickers and tools to add to your Stories.
And new visual effects, aligned with the Pride theme – which this year include more options for different representation.
As noted, Instagram first launched some of these themed tools last year, but the new variations include more options, and provide new ways for people to show their support for the LGBTQ community.
In addition to this, Instagram’s also launching a well-being guide for the LGBTQ community, which will outline the various support options and tools available on the platform.
Instagram has also shared 10 self-care tips from The Trevor Project which provides crisis intervention services to LGBTQ youth.
You can view the tips on Instagram’s Story, or in the Instagram ‘Pride 2020’ highlight on its main profile.
With physical parades off the cards, Instagram is hoping that its range of tools will help the community celebrate the event virtually, and that by providing more options, it can make its Pride tools even more inclusive in 2020.
The new features are rolling out shortly.
WhatsApp’s Adding a New Option to Send a Message to Yourself
This could be handy – WhatsApp’s rolling out a new option that enables you to send a message to yourself, which could be good for keeping notes, sending links that you want to get back to, keeping track of appointments, etc.
As you can see in this example, you’ll now see yourself as a contact in your WhatsApp recipients list, with WhatsApp highlighting examples like shopping lists, travel inspiration, voice notes, etc.
The feature has been in testing for the last few weeks, with beta testers getting access in late October. WhatsApp has now confirmed that it’s being rolled out to all users, on both Android and iOS.
As noted, to send yourself a message in WhatsApp, you’ll be able to choose your contact info from the top of your contacts list. Tapping on that will open up a chat window, where you can send yourself a quick note.
Which could be: ‘Hey, you look good today’, just to give yourself a little pep, or maybe text yourself a joke that always makes you laugh, no matter how many times you see it.
There’s a range of ways this could be used – I regularly send myself notes (via email) of story ideas and prompts that I’ve logged on my notepad, usually while waiting to pick up my kids.
It’s a small, but potentially helpful addition. The new ‘note to self’ option is rolling out to all users from this week.