Zuckerberg Announces Instagram Additions

Video Chat for Instagram?

Mark Zuckerberg Sept. 2014
Mark Zuckerberg

According to PC Mag, Mark Zuckerberg (who owns Instagram, since monopolies are apparently “cool” again) announced some new additions to Instagram’s features at today’s F8 developer conference.

The headliner among these additions is a new video chat feature currently in testing. The screenshots from Instagram’s blog post make the feature look easy to use. All you have to do is press the camera button to start the chat. Even the least tech-savvy among us, like a parent who loves taking pictures, could use this brand new feature. Coincidentally, Snapchat (which Mark Zuckerberg notably does not own) announced a similar feature for up to 16 people.

Instagram is also adding ways to integrate with other apps, like Spotify or GoPro. You will be able to add links from both of those apps to your Instagram story. Additionally, the app will be getting camera effects, which is also something that Snapchat already has, funnily enough. Explore is getting an update as well, allowing users to sort their interests when scanning through that section of the app. 

On Mark Zuckerberg, or Why Some People are Newly Wary of Social Media Sites

In case you missed it, Mark Zuckerberg has been in the news recently, and not in a good way. Last month, he explained technology to Congressional leaders while ostensibly being questioned about data breaches. Many people have left Facebook due to these same data breaches. The question here isn’t whether people will like having access to video chats or any of these new features. The question here is whether the public trusts Zuckerberg with their personal video chats (or butt dials) or even remembers that he owns Instagram.

What do you think of these possible Instagram additions? Do you just want the old chronological timeline back? Talk about it in the comments!

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Siobhan is a 24 year old MLIS student who prefers to read over socializing and is passionate about diversity and accessibility.

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  • I want followers to be able to see all posts. Users shouldn’t have to pay for an ad to do this.