Twitter user Jane Wong has done some digging through Instagram’s code and in the process discovered several unreleased features that could be released in the future.
Instagram is reportedly testing these features with some users, but has yet to officially announce them. It’s possible these features might never see the light of day. We’ve reached out to Instagram for comment.
But if Instagram does release them, Snapchat might be in deep trouble. The new features would give Instagram users more control over their account and content and further drive them to dump Snap.
I’m pretty sure we all want the ability to mute a user without offending them with an unfollow. Whether it’s a muting co-worker or annoying friend, giving users a mute button would be a godsend.
Slow-motion for Stories
Instagram Stories is already larger than all of Snapchat and adding new features will only further that lead. In recent months, Instagram’s added a “Type” feature that lets users write text-based stories and a “Focus” feature that takes portrait-style photos and videos with a blurred background.
Calendar view for Instagram Stories archive
Currently, you can see your archived Instagram Stories in a grid. But wouldn’t it be nicer if it was a little easier to browse through? Enter: calendar view.
Calendar view looks like a much cleaner way to see how often you post to Stories.
Rumor has it Instagram is preparing to bring a video calling feature to the app. Snapchat already lets users video call with each other and while this would be another catch-up feature, it’d be yet another way to keep locked within its walls. Who needs Snapchat, FaceTime or Skype if Instagram lets you do it?