Instagram is coming up with a native re-sharing feature called ‘regram’
We have a retweet button on Twitter, share button on Facebook and we have nothing on Instagram to share on our feed, something we like to share. Although Instagram has sharing option but that is limited to DMs and stories. One has to download a third-party app to re-post a content to one’s feed. Using third-party apps for re-sharing has its consequences such as the account being hacked or data might get leaked. The simplest option for seamless sharing, which most people use is to just take a screenshot and re-upload on your own timeline with credits to the original author (which most people don’t).
For years, Instagram users have been asking for an inbuilt sharing feature, just like those available in other popular social networks such as FB and Twitter. And now, according to a scoop by The Verge, it seems that finally, the time has come to actually get a sharing button.
The feature is known as “seamless sharing,” internally and according to The Verge’s Casey Newton. It introduces a new “share to feed” option that appears in the top-right of a post. Re-posted content appears similar like retweets and FB shares, with the original caption and author shown below the post.
Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger said that the feature has been discussed internally for years. Further, Systrom told Wired: We debate the re-share thing a lot. Because obviously, people love the idea of re-sharing content that they find. Instagram is full of awesome stuff. In fact, one of the main ways people communicate over Instagram Direct now is actually they share content that they find on Instagram. So that’s been a debate over and over again. But really that decision is about keeping your feed focused on the people you know rather than the people you know finding other stuff for you to see. And I think that is more of a testament of our focus on authenticity and on the connections you actually have than about anything else.
There are no words on when we might get to see the new feature, or even if it’ll make it out of the testing phase. But, we are thrilled to see it soon.
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