Instagram is coming out with a new feature. The internet-based photo-sharing application, a long time after empowering its users with the Direct message feature, will now launch a video calling feature. Yes! you heard it right. Soon you will be able to video call your loved ones through Instagram. A report that surfaced on WhatsApp fan blog WABetaInfo, showed a picture of the new feature. However, Instagram is still reportedly working on the feature.
The feature will be accessible once the user opens an active chat. It means the user will be able to video call only if the other user has already accepted to chat, otherwise, the icon would not appear. Tapping on that icon, the video call will start. Instagram hasn’t actually implemented other UI elements for the video call.
This feature is under development, so it’s normal that you don’t see it even after updating your Instagram app. It will be enabled in the coming months. The feature will be available for both iOS and Android platforms.
Meanwhile, the majority of Instagram users are drawn to the photo-sharing application for social news and entertainment and are less likely to engage with political or controversial images, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Missouri in the US identified three user groups that emerged from the study’s sample.
The first group included feature lovers, who mostly engaged with exciting photos that showcase adventure and travel. The second group included newshounds, who engaged most strongly with photos concerning politics and global culture, and the third group included optimists, who engaged with uplifting, positive and funny images. While the majority of users in the groups preferred feature images to news images, the researchers found that news images can garner strong engagement if they are presented in ways both aesthetically pleasing and empowering.
“The reasons that users avoid political or controversial news photos are multifaceted,” said TJ Thomson, from the University of Missouri. “Some users said they felt badly about ‘liking’ a photo of a tragedy while others said they turn to other sources when they seek serious news stories,” Thomson said. “Many people view Instagram as an oasis where they can escape from the troubles and concerns of everyday life,” he said.