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Instagram to follow Twitter's path! Know what's coming to you

Instagram is likely to come up with Twitter Blue-like paid subscription. Check insights here.

| Updated on: Feb 05 2023, 17:12 IST
Instagram users can share stories on Close Friends list; check steps here
1/5 If you are an Instagram user and are not comfortable in sharing your images, videos, among others with all via Instagram stories then you can create a Close Friends list and share your story with only the people on that list. It can also be known that with stories, you can share photos and videos that disappear from your profile, feed and messages after 24 hours, unless you add them to your profile as story highlights. (Pixabay)
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2/5 It can be noted that people on your Close Friends list will know they are on it, but they can't see who else is on the list. Only you can see your close friends list, and no one can request to be added. (AP)
3/5 If someone has added you to their list, you will see a green badge when you're viewing their stories and a green ring around their profile photo. So, here are the steps you need to follow to create your close friends list: (Pexels)
4/5 Instagram: How to create Close Friends list- Tap profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile. Then click at the top right, then tap Close Friends. Scroll down to Suggestions (Android) or Suggested (iPhone). Tap Add next to the people who you want to add to your Close Friends list. You can also tap Search to search for a friend. (Pixabay)
5/5 Instagram: How to share a story with your close friends list- Tap at the top or swipe right anywhere in feed, then scroll to Story at the bottom. Then click at the bottom of the screen to take a photo, or tap and hold to record a video. To choose a photo from your phone's library or gallery, swipe up anywhere on the screen. When you are ready to share, tap Close Friends in the bottom left. (REUTERS)
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Here is all you need to know about Instagram's paid verification badge. (Unsplash)

After billionaire Elon Musk took control of Twitter, several changes were made to the app, one of which is a $8 subscription for Twitter Blue. And now, Instagram is likely to follow the path of Twitter. The online photo sharing app is reportedly planning to bring a paid subscription model for its users. According to leakster and reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi, Instagram is working on a subscription plan which includes the blue badge.

“Instagram is working on a subscription plan which includes the blue badge," he said on Twitter. According to a report by Live Mint, Paluzzi also shared screenshots in the app's code with TechCrunch. The screenshots include a line that says “IG_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV" and “FB_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV." While one can explicitly see words like Paid, Blue and Badge in this line. The ‘IDV', Paluzzi says, could mean identity verification.

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So, how much should you believe Paluzzi? Here is what he tweeted: "At the moment there are only a few small references in the code about this, nothing visible so, until I post a screenshot that can confirm my assumption, consider it a mere rumor." Notably, all these updates are based on leaks and rumours and there is no official announcement from Instagram about the same.

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Earlier in the month of January, Instagram also launched ‘Quiet mode' with an aim to help people focus and to encourage them to set boundaries with friends and followers. Once the Instagram user will enable the Quiet Mode, they will not be receiving any notifications, their profile's activity status will change to ‘In quiet mode' and the app will automatically send an auto-reply when someone will DM the user.

The Quiet Mode can be customised too. "You can easily customize your Quiet mode hours to fit your schedule and once the feature is turned off, we'll show you a quick summary of notifications so you can catch up on what you missed. Anyone can use ‘Quiet mode', but we'll prompt teens to do so when they spend a specific amount of time on Instagram late at night," the social media platform said in a blog post.

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First Published Date: 05 Feb, 17:11 IST