Instagram’s 10th birthday celebration: Sharing its birthday cake 🎂 with you by introducing interesting features – Instagram Stories Map, custom icons, and anti-bullying tools 🛡️ – on 6th October 2020.
With the help of these features, you can now find old stories posted over the last 3 years and will also be able to reduce abusive behavior on your profile. Let’s explore them one-by-one.
Instagram Stories Map 🗺️
New Stories Map feature: A private map and calendar of the Instagram stories you’ve shared over the past 3 years.
- Go to your stories archive (under your profile) to access a map and monthly calendar 📅 of your stories from the last three years.
- The new monthly calendar will show the days you posted each story, alongside a map which shows story locations.
- You can also share, download, and save those moments (or stories) to your highlights.
Hence, you can now look back at favorite moments through the above feature.
New Anti-bullying tools 🛡️
To reduce negative interactions (such as bullying and harassment) in comments, Instagram introduced two new features in the National Bullying Prevention Month (NBPM).
First: Hide comments
- This anti-bullying will automatically hide potentially abusive comments.
- However, hidden comments aren’t completely deleted, and can still be viewed by tapping a View Hidden Comments button.
Similarity with Twitter?
This feature is somewhat similar to Twitter’s Hide Replies feature.
Second: Comment Warnings ⚠️
Instagram already has a feature that notifies users when their comments may be considered offensive by giving them a chance to reflect and make changes before posting it.
Now, this feature is expanding its comment warnings ⚠️ to put a full-break on people who repeatedly attempt to post potentially offensive comments.
The tools suggest that they take a moment to step back and reflect on their words and the potential consequences of posting them.
Instagram Custom Icons
Through this update, you can now switch b/w a range of new and classic icons in shades of orange, yellow, green, purple, black, white, rainbow-color, and more.
To access the custom icons, open the settings section within the app and do a long swipe down on the screen. A column of emojis should appear at the top of the menu, after which the icons will be revealed.