Instagram just introduced a major change to the video-posting feature in its Android and iOS mobile apps, with the popular social network now allowing users to upload pre-recorded clips from the smartphone’s gallery.
The revamped video-posting feature is part of the new Instagram apps for Android and iOS, version 4.1. “Starting today you can upload videos from your phone’s media library and share those moments to Instagram regardless of when they were captured”, says Instagram. “Once you select the video clip you’d like to import, you can trim it down to the exact part you like best. We’ve also made it so that you can choose how you square-crop your clip so you can keep the action front and center”.
So what does this mean for Instagram? Well, aside from letting users post short clips from their past trips or vacations, the popular social network also opens the door to businesses that wish to promote their products through professionally-recorded video ads — prior to this change, this was only possible with photos.
Put simply, Instagram is a photo app that is available for free from the iTunes App Store and from Google Play. If you own a Blackberry, a Windows Phone or anything other than a mobile Apple device or Android device, you won’t be able to use Instagram. The app is currently only available for Apple and Android devices buy instagram followers.
Creating an Account on Instagram
Before you can start using the app, Instagram will ask you to create a free account. All you need is a username and a password. The reason they require you to create an account is because Instagram is not just a photo app. It’s also a popular social network.
Instagram as a Social Network
On Instagram, you can follow other users’ photo streams as they post them and you can be followed back by those users (or other users) as well. Using the “Profile” icon located on the lower menu of the Instagram screen, you can search for friends by name or find friends that are already connected to you on other social networks like Facebook or Twitter buy followers instagram.
When you decide to follow a user, that user’s Instagram photos will appear in your feed, which can be found under the “Feed” icon on the lower menu. You can press “Like” on any photo to let someone know that you admire their photography, or you can leave a comment.
When you take photos using the Instagram app, they will always appear in the feeds of the users who are following you. You can browse through the “Explore” tab to find new users to follow and creative photos to look at.
As a result, users might notice a growth in third-party advertisements in the near future. However, this should not negatively impact user-engagement levels, seeing as many brands have already attracted major followings by promoting their products. A good example of this is Audi — the German car maker constantly manages to get a high number of comments and likes for its car photos, even though the content is clearly designed to act as ads.
The popular social network also revealed that the latest Instagram app for iOS adds automatic straightening for photos through the new Straighten button, while its Android counterpart introduces support for Video on Instagram to handsets running Ice Cream Sandwich.
Instagram 4.1 is available to download from Apple App Store and Google Play.