One more way to personalize your Instagram feed - mute annoying accounts without to unfollow them
Instagram released the new feature less than a week ago. The idea behind is to control what you see on your feed. The new feature lets you hide posts in your feed from certain accounts, without unfollowing them.
The new "mute" button will be rolled out to all accounts in the next few weeks. The feature was announced on the Instagram website on Tuesday, May 22, and this new update from your Instagram app will help make your Instagram feed a place you actually want to be while using the app.
Do people know you mute them on Instagram? Nope. They won't know a thing :-)
When you mute an account, you can still see their posts when you go to their account. And you can also get notifications for comments and posts you are tagged in (even when you mute somebody's post).
How to actually MUTE an account?
Now open your Instagram app and try it. If you don't have the new "mute" feature yet, update your app and see if it's rolled out on your account. If you still don't see it, be patient. It's coming soon :-)
As Instagram released on their website: "We introduced changes to improve your browsing experience in feed and make it more fresh. We also heard that you want to understand how feed works, so we updated our Help Center to give you a better sense of how it’s ordered. We’re aiming to make feed the best place to share and connect with the people and interests you care about. Mute will be rolling out over the coming weeks."
Let me know in the comments what do you think about this new feature. Do you think it will make it more pleasant to scroll down and see only posts you want to see on your feed?
I personally believe that this will force business accounts to create a better content so they don't get mute from their followers.
Since the scandal with Cambridge Analytica, Facebook is making dramatic changes to their Instagram API in effort to protect your data and privacy. The company is now restricting app developers with a massive reduction in how much data they can pull from the Instagram API, shrinking the API limit from 5,000 to 200 calls per user per hour. Instagram has shut down their public API, which many apps currently depend on.
How will the new changes affect your business?
1. Bots will no longer work
If you are using any apps that help you figure out if your followers follow you back or interact with you, analyze your audiences or find relevant hashtags, gain likes for you, chances are the apps are no longer working or will stop working very soon.
App such as Reports+ charges $3.99 per month to give people analytics about their Instagram followers. Sensor Tower claims that the app company has grossed more than $18 million worldwide since October 2016 on the App Store and Google Play, and made more than $1.2 million last month alone.
Instagram might have understandably seen these apps as parasitic, charging users for unofficial functionality or encouraging audience growth hacking that can lead to spam. In January, Instagram announced it would shut down the old API over the next two years, starting with removing the ability to pull a user’s follower list and follow/ unfollow people on their behalf on July 31st.
2. No posting or commenting from any other platform than Instagram itself for personal accounts
The only way to go around that is to change into a Business account.
3. You can search only by hashtag
If you used an app to search through users and posts you likes, this option will no longer be available. You can now only search by hashtag.
Apps will have to be approved from Facebook and are allowed to pull only limited type of information from business accounts only.
So, if you had any intentions of buying apps to help you gain more Likes and Followers, don't waist your money. Instead, concentrate on building real relationships with your followers and viewers. Authenticity is the key for establishing meaningful relationships.
And speaking about authenticity and engagement, I have a solution for your problem : The Instagram Business Engagement Guide. It is a free PDF file that has 15 ideas about how to engage, get more followers and create meaningful relationships. Here is a link if you want to download it:
Share below if you've used any apps in relation to Instagram and if it affected your business with the latest API changes.
kinda encouraged users to get a bit of joy out of preserving certain images on their camera roll, now you will have to think twice before you do it.
According to TechCrunch, the account holder will spot a camera shutter icon next to any screenshotters when checking who has viewed their story. The feature is only in the test stage at the moment, but certain users have already been affected by the update. I don't have it on my app, but this doesn's mean you don't have it. Check out the analytics of your Instagram Stories to see if that feature is rolled into your account.
Those who are involved in the test stage will receive a warning on the app in the form of the following message: “Next time you take a screenshot or screen recording, the person who posted the story will be able to see."
Instagram have announced that they’re always “testing new ways” to improve user experience and insist that everyone participating in the trial of the new feature will be forewarned before they land themselves in any trouble.
And I know that some of you may wonder why do people
screenshot somebody's IG Story... Well, there are plenty of ex's who do it. Just because they don't have anything else to do. Who else may do it? Your competition. I am sure you've had plenty of situations when you see your competition stole your packaging, or your post, or even your services.
Just because you don't do it, doesn't mean the rest of the world doesn't do it too :-)
Let me know in the comments what you think of this new Instagram feature. Meanwhile, if you have a burning desire to learn more about Instagram Stories and how to use them to sell successfully your products and/ or services, check out my online course: