It is time to download updates for Instagram (Apple and Android). The new Instagram 3.0 has been released with some pretty substantial changes.
The biggest is the Photo Map. Do not panic though – you do not have to have your photos on a map. It is okay, take a deep breath. If you want you can show your photos overlaid onto a map though. When you first login the app after getting the upgrade Instagram will politely ask you which of your photos that you have already geotagged (included the location when uploading it) would you like to include. You can easily DEselect all of them, or just the ones you want to not include. If you deselect any of them the geotagging is removed from them permanently also. The rest of your Instagram photos that you never geotagged are not impacted with the Photo Maps at all – they simply live in your stream as always. When you view your profile, or a friends, you now have the option of viewing their photos in a grid or list as always, plus you can also select the
photo map option (if they have any photos on it).
Taking a photo is the same as always, however when you get to the share screen there is a bit of a change. It clearly asks if you want to add it to your photo map or not. If you select ON, another box will appear giving you the chance to name the location by selecting it on the following screen powered by Foursquare. If you select OFF you do not see that extra location info. Below that is the new share area with links for Facebook, Twitter, Email, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare. Just tap on any of the networks you want to share your Instagram to and it will “light up” in blue. Now click the green share button at the top and the process is as it has always been.
The grid view has been changed also. The images were four across, and now they are three across. This means the images appear a bit larger and easier to see in this view – thank goodness, my eyes are getting old!
Instagram also added the ability to report comments that are abusive or spammy. Just swipe right or tap on a comment and then tap the trashcan icon. From there you can simply delete or delete and report. Thank you Instagram for adding this feature!
Are you an Instagram user? What do you think of these latest changes?
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