Last month, Instagram decided to open the floodgates and allow people to request to have their accounts verified. Now the social app has moved on to yet another update that unfortunately doesn’t involve putting our feeds back in chronological order.
According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, IG is testing out a way to use hashtags without us having to look at the bajillion carefully formatted tags at the bottom of every post from your fave #influencer. As pointed out by Engadget, Wong shared screenshots of the feature on Twitter, where you can see the option for “Add Hashtags" when uploading a photo. Instagram users can select however many hashtags, there doesn’t seem to be a limit, and the photos should appear in a hashtag search without followers seeing the clutter when scrolling through their feed. This is obviously useful for influencers and brands that don't want to annoy followers, while still making sure their #content shows up in relevant searches.
This feature is also a simple way Instagram can clean up the feed, but it’s unclear if the app plans on actually using this update, since it’s still just in testing mode. The company is also trying out a geofencing feature where users can select the regions in which they want their posts to be visible. For now you'll have to wait and see if either of these features make it to your IG anytime soon.