Instagram has increasingly become more user-friendly despite numerous added features over the past few months.
One that might have gone unnoticed in a recent update is the ability to see your friends online with just a simple green dot beside your username. Its presence shows that you are currently on the photo-sharing platform; those who are not will see the time the persons last came online.
This new update is a mimic of Messenger app by Facebook which also owns the platform. In fact, many of the features are shared and implemented accordingly across applications run by Mark Zuckerberg.
According to Instagram’s blog, the green dot will appear next to users’ profile picture in various spaces within the app, such as Direct inbox and your friend list when you share a post from the feed. The green dot will only appear on users who follow you or those who have already talked to you in the inbox.
If you want to keep your presence discreet, you can hide your online status in these four steps in the setting:
Instagram says the new feature will encourage more DMs and make sharing of content more fun on the platform.
Fun fact: Facebook Inc currently owns the top 4 spots of the most downloaded apps chart. According to INC, taking the first place is WhatsApp, then Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram. The fifth spot is held by Snapchat. There’s even a geeky joke that says that apps that the company owns are competing among themselves in the Google PlayStore and Apple AppStore with no close contender. That explains why Zuckerberg failed to name a competitor when asked by the senators during his testimony pertinent to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
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