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Instagram Tests New ‘Status’ Display to Provide More Context on What Your Connections are Doing

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Instagram Tests New 'Status' Display to Provide More Context on What Your Connections are Doing


Would this be a valuable addition to your Instagram usage?

Instagram is currently in the process of rolling out a new ‘profile status’ option to more users, which enables you to set a status notification on your profile that will remain active for 24 hours (unless you change it).

Som du kan se i dessa skärmdumpar, postade av Testing Catalog, when you have access, the new status option will be displayed in your IG Direct messaging tab, beneath your username at the top of the screen, enabling you to choose from various status options to display to your connections. Your selected status is then displayed in both the Direct tab and on your profile, as shown in the last screenshot here.

Instagram has actually been testing the feature for some time, with the capacity to set a status flowing over from Instagram’s separate Threads app, which it shut down late last year.

Threads was designed to enhance the messaging experience with your closest connections, as part of Instagram’s larger push to capitalize on the popularity of messaging in the app, with an element of this being the capacity to set a status to let your connections know what you’re up to at any given time.

Threads actually pushed that further with auto-status, which, when enabled, would share an automatic status update, based on your location, battery life, movement, etc.

Threads Auto Status

Instagram experimented with integrating your Threads status into the main app in 2020, which looked exactly the same as this new test.

Instagram Status test

Instagram further tested the same last year, just ahead of the Threads shut down, so it seems inevitable that eventually, all users will be able to update their status with these 24-hour settings, providing more insight to your connections as to what you’re up to at any given time.

Which could add something more to your IG Direct experience. Maybe. It’d interesting, I guess, to know when your friends are working, which could delay their response to your message, similar to the ‘Busy’ status’, while if you knew that your friends were celebrating, maybe that would help you also connect and find out what’s happening at any given time.

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There’s some practical benefit here, and as noted, it’ll be interesting to see whether Instagram does eventually look to integrate the auto-status option from Threads into the main app as well.

Right now, the new status option is appearing for some users, as part of Instagram’s broader roll-out/test. We’ve asked Instagram for more information on its plans, and whether the feature will be made available to all users, and we’ll update this post if and when we hear back.





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Instagram Shares Updated Parents’ Guide in Line with the Return to School

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Instagram Shares Updated Parents’ Guide in Line with the Return to School

With students returning to school, Instagram has shared an updated version of its Parents’ Guide, which provides a full overview of the app’s various privacy and control features, along with notes to help parents provide support and guidance for their kids in the app.

Which may well be critically important – as Instagram explains:

"Some adults make a distinction between teens’ social media lives and their “real lives.” But in reality, the two are closely intertwined. Instagram and other social media apps are where they express themselves, hang out with friends, explore ideas, grow and learn. Like all human interaction, there will be times of joy, kindness and compassion. There will also be moments of drama and anxiety — not necessarily because of the technology, but because that’s the nature of relationships, online and off.”

‘Not necessarily’ because of the technology, but often exacerbated by such.

Indeed, various reports have highlighted the dangers of Instagram, in particular, for teen users, and with new school pressures adding to this, it may be worth downloading and looking through the guide, which is available in 40 regional variations, including different languages.

The guide provides a full overview of Instagram’s various privacy and account safety options and how they work.

Instagram Parents' Guide

As well as details on how users can limit who they share their updates with in the app.

Instagram Parents' Guide

There’s also a section on DM safety, a key area of concern for youngsters.

Instagram Parents' Guide

And tips on how to guide more positive interactions:

Instagram Parents' Guide

Finally, Instagram also provides notes on how to talk about online safety with kids, which could help to open up lines of communication within your family.

Instagram Parents' Guide

There are some valuable and important notes here, and again, with kids now getting back into school life, and readjusting to new norms, now may be the best time to learn about the various tools and functions available to assist.

You can download a local version of Instagram’s Parents’ Guide här.

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