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Instagram have some new features planned with their new update adding live video and disappearing messages.
Now what this means is that while creating an Instagram story you’ll soon be able to swipe over to a new ‘Live’ button, offering a way for users to hop into a livestream. 
The idea is that once someone starts streaming, Instagram sends a notification to the user’s followers, who can then watch and leave comments. One of the comments can be pinned to the top of the feed, or comments can be completely turned off.
Naturally comparisons will be made with Facebook’s Live as they do seem pretty similar without the emoji reactions. The new feature should be out in a few weeks.
Beyond that, Instagram also rolled out disappearing messages. When you press the new messaging icon in the top right corner of the app’s home screen, you’ll be able to privately send a photo or video to people that are following you.
So the battle between Instagram and Snapchat rages on with IG adding more and more features to one-up their rivals.

Good news to Instagrammers and Filter lovers because in the recent update to Instagram, you can now save your currently editing picture(Just incase you need to go back to your phone homescreen). Yea i know it's kinda complicated with that explanation but here's a diluted version.

You know the situation: you just spent 15 minutes perfecting the shadows and highlights on your next Instagram post, only to realize you’re late for work and need to rush. Now the Instagram app will prompt you to either discard or save your photo draft if you leave the editing screen.

Although some users have been testing this since July under the A/B Test.

Now that it's officially out it appears people seem to embrace it.

So here's how to do it below...

Once you start creating a post, you can save it as a draft and share it later:
  1. Tap  at the bottom of the screen, then take or upload a photo or video
  2. Add effects, filters, a caption or your location
  3. Go back to the filtering and editing step, then tap the back arrow in the top left
  4. Select Save Draft at the bottom of the screen
Note: If you don't edit the post, tag people or add a caption or location, you won't be able to save the post as a draft.
To see posts you've saved as a draft, tap  and then tap Library. Posts will appear at the bottom of the screen below Drafts.

Have fun!
Via: TheVerge
Source: Instagram

Instagram will finally  let anybody share pictures from anywhere on their phone, thereby taking care of arguably the most annoying problem that it has.
The company has finally enabled share extensions so that it’s easy to share from photos or anywhere else on the phone.
The feature exists on almost every other app – even facebook. But it might be more useful than any of those for Instagram, since it makes it easy to send photos from the photo library or anyone else.
Share extensions can be triggered from many apps that have a photo in, and are usually opened by clicking the little share button in any particular app. In the Photos app, for instance, people can just open a photo and then click the little rectangular share box – allowing them to share a photo without ever opening the app.
From the share extension, people can choose to write a small message to post alongside the photo – after which it will be uploaded. For any more special features like filters or editing, users will have to click through to the app.

But Instagram has been late to the party and didn’t ever seem to get around to integrating the feature within its app, despite going through a complete overhaul and re-design since they were released. But now it has been pushed out in the latest version of the app, which can be found in the App Store.
There's no official app for the iPad so maybe that's their next fix, so it remains to be seen. 

Remember on the 19th of Aug - 2013 Techcrunch posted about Instagram banning apps using the "Insta" and "Gram" words in their names due to copyright and other issues? Well i think things are getting into shapes as we see third party Instagram websites bending to the policy.

Actually what caught my attention was the email i got from Statigram(sorry Iconosquare) few days ago about their new brand name, though i just couldn't bother coz i haven't been on Instagram from my PC for a long time, but it was a comment made by a user on Statigram blog (Andy Leeming) who commented the following...

Statigram is now Iconosquare

andy leeming  5 days agoCut the bullshit, Instagram introduced into their API terms that apps could no longer use the word 'Gram' so apps like Statigram are having to rebrand.

andy leeming  5 days agoHence why Webstagram rebranded to Websta this week too. Coincidence? ;)

andy leeming  4 days ago1. The smaller website probably don't care or 2. Haven't got round to rebranding yet.
Regardless, Statigram and Webstagram have both rebranded due to the new API terms. Fact.

Now lemme take you on a recap.. This is from TechCrunch on Aug 19th 2013

Instagram has updated its brand guidelines to ban apps that feature either the word “Insta” or “Gram" in their names, and it has begun sending emails to existing apps requesting that they change those components “within a reasonable period.”
The emails specifically call out a few updates to the Instagram Brand Guidelinesthat restrict the use of things like logos and the full “Instagram” name. Now, they’re even more specific. An email sent to the Luxogram team, for instance, reads as follows (emphasis ours):
We appreciate your interest in developing products that help people share with Instagram. While we encourage developers to build great apps with Instagram, we cannot allow other applications to look like they might be official Instagram applications or endorsed or sponsored by us.
As we hope you can appreciate, protection of its well-known trademarks is very important to Instagram. For example, it has always been against our guidelines to use a name that sounds or looks like “Instagram” or copies the look and feel of our application. Similarly, as we have clarified in the new guidelines, use of “INSTA” and “GRAM” for an application that works with Instagram is harmful to the Instagram brand. It is important that you develop your own distinctive branding for your applications, and use Instagram’s trademarks only as specifically authorized under our policies.

Now that's the email warning to the third party sites. I think they gave them alot of space to rebrand coz i can see Luxogram still runs fully but it looks like something is up with them... Before posting this i visited their site luxogram.co and here's what the webpage responded on a first timer visit... It states "Luxogram is still in beta. Please work with me as i polish features and iron out the bugs"
The moment you click "I understands, continue..." that message won't appear. Though Techcrunch lay claims that  Luxogram’s creator says that he’s unlikely to make all of the changes that Instagram wants, and will probably shut it down for good. 

I really think that's just impossible for a site handling over 1million users monthly!
StatigramLuxogramWebstagramGramfeedInstadrop,Instagallery and dozens more use either word but as of the time of this post, Statigram,Webstagram and Instagallery have all changed their names to Iconosquare, Websta and InfinityGallery respectively. They've all rebranded to a sophisticated web app with great user friendly interface that just keeps you glued.
I hope i've been able to sort why the sudden name change.
About the new Iconosquare?
Reposted: Today() is a very special day for our community and our team. Today Statigram becomes Iconosquare!
Since May 2011 our platform has improved significantly and our community has grown up to 8M registered members including all the most important brands worldwide such as Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, KLM, etc. Originally strictly focused on the analytical aspect we have made Statigram the world’s leading analytics and marketing suite for Instagram thanks to your precious feedback and suggestions.
As of today Statigram is no longer only about analyzing your performance on Instagram it is also about managing your activity and engaging your community. That’s why we have decided to change our name and become Iconosquare. We believe this name perfectly reflects the way our platform has evolved over the last few years.
Iconosquare is the place where images gather, the place where visual content matters. Our name and our logo have changed but our platform remains the same and you will still be able to access all the features you’ve enjoyed so far.
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