We get it, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc, you all have to keep us interested and with that, comes regular updates to the apps and social networks we know and love. This week’s brand-new features come courtesy of Instagram. After recently debuting fade + color adjustment tools and making us clear up storage space on our phones to DL Layout, the photo sharing outlet is already back with more fresh features. Available today for iOS and Android users are three modern, subtle filters and a new way to search using emoji. These features definitely won’t be found on that third-party desktop Insta app ;)
As if it wasn’t evident enough that emoji are taking over all of our conversations after the diverse iOS keyboard update and the first-ever emoji report, Instagram announced today you can now search and explore by hashtagging those tiny pieces of art. The social media platform decided to integrate this caption-changing feature because nearly half of all photo subheads incorporate emoji. So now they have a real purpose other than a pop of personality under your snaps. Let the emoji-only captioning commence.
While we are always excited about anything emoji-related, we also have a soft spot when it comes to new filters. You can only use Valencia so many times, TBH. Due to December’s crop of filters being such a success, the social media outlet is planning on releasing new filters on a more regular basis and today is the first batch that are inspired by outdoor weekend adventures: Lark, Reyes and Juno. You are so good to us, Insta. The company detailed each filter in its blog post debuting the new refinement tools. Lark is meant to “desaturate reds while punching up blues and greens to bring your landscapes to life.” Juno’s purpose is to “tint cool tones green while making warm tones pop and whites glow for vibrant photos of people.” While Reyes “brings a dusty, vintage look to your moments.” BRB, we’re just gonna go use some PTO to play with these new options.
Slipping in under the radar courtesy of those headline-stealing upgrades, your feed is going through some changes as well. The heart and caption buttons have new icons and have been shifted underneath every image, subtly switching up your comment and double-tapping game. Keeping us on our toes — we see you, Instagram.
What Instagram update are you most excited about, three new filters or emoji hashtag searching? Let us know in the comments.