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Instagram today announced the launch of a new feature that's designed to let you know when your friends are active on the social network. When a friend is online, their profile picture will be accented with a green dot in various places within the app.

You'll see the green dot in the Direct inbox and in your friends list when you share a post from the feed. Dots will be displayed for friends who follow you or people you have previously spoken to in Direct.

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If desired, you can hide your own status and turn off the ability to see when your friends are active in the settings section of the Instagram app.

Instagram says this new update is meant to make it easier to connect with friends over direct messages for more realtime conversations. The dots are rolling out to Instagram users today.

Instagram can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Instagram Gains Status Dots to Let You Know When Friends Are Online
 

haruhiko

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How to turn off this?

Edit: just found out that I have already turned off the 'feature', thanks.
 
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ovo6

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Just put it in the profile of people don’t wanna it then ok , it’s studied to just have it on the dm
 
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riverfreak

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Over the Reignbough

OldSchoolMacGuy

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Uh, right. No, it’s meant to increase user engagement and the opportunity for more ad placements by feeding a generalized sense of anxiety and FOMO.

If knowing your friends are online makes you anxious, you should really sign off all social media and see a doctor.
 
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HacKage

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In reality, all it does is make the person who sent you a message you've yet to reply to/ignoring see that you are online and have actively chose not to reply/engage with them. It usually doesn't end well, and it's for that reason that I switched it off long ago, along with the "Last Seen" option on WhatsApp.
 
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IowaLynn

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Creepy. Use to be even email apps could tell when someone was.

IG and others want a giant map of everyone’s contacts. Online stalking?
 
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thettareddast

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imagine paying a cto, president of engineering, vp of engineering, a bunch of product managers and engineers to build and deliver..... a colored status indicator.
 
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mcfrazieriv

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Keep adding features to the app... go on, facebook. do it. then one day break the chat off into "instagram messenger."
smh
 
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