High resolution Instagram photos are now possible, and the world’s favourite photo-sharing app is definitely?seeing the bigger picture. After years of posting photos in archaic 640x640px resolution, the famous photo-sharing app is finally adding novelty to your photographs and posting them in a crisper 1080x1080px images.
The change was noticed early this week, and an Instagram spokesperson confirmed that the company started “gradually rolling out 1080 across iOS and Android” last week, which actually means that most users have been enjoying clearer posts of their photos.
This means that Instagrammers can actually post pictures that are closer to the quality of the original photograph — a plus specially now that Instagram is promoting their app as a credible source of real time news.
Instagram in the news
Last month, the company announced that they are using their famous photo-sharing platform as a way for people to get real time news. The app, which has over 300 million users all over the globe, can do so with an improved Explore option ? finding real time events by simply putting in key texts, places, and related hashtags.
Significant topics will also be labeled as trending photos, to allow users to see images taken at a specific place?or under the most popular?hashtags.
Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom said in an interview that they will be maximizing over 70 million photos being uploaded in Instagram daily, and use it to keep people informed of important events happening all over the world.
According to a report, the location-search function will tap into information users have attached to images; it won?t search the location data many phones and cameras automatically attach to images. The new algorithm groups images from specific places in two ways: popularity ? dictated by factors including the number of likes, comments and time spent on the photos ? and how recently they were posted. Instagram will also group images by hashtag, including tags that are worded differently but still related. Users can also search by place to see the most-recent photos posted on the app.
Recently, other social media outlets have been launching new programs when it comes to news sharing. Facebook made it possible to search for topics and copy the links without having to leave the FB page ? slowly introducing a search engine feature that could very well compete with Google.
They also introduced Instant Articles, a new tool where stories from publishers like The New York Times, The Guardian and National Geographic can instantly publish their stories on Facebook.
Twitter, on the other hand, introduced Project Lightning, a feature that organizes and curates tweets, photos and videos based on live events.