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Instagram’s ‘new’ feature lets users follow hashtags like people

In some cases — consider breaking news as an example — it makes more sense to follow a hashtag with its wide stream of information rather than a number of individuals, right? Instagram apparently agrees.

According to a tweet noticed by TNW, Instagram is currently trialing a feature that will let users “follow a hashtag to see top posts and recent stories” much like you would with individual accounts.

Akram’s tweet also suggests that more than one hashtag can be followed at any given time, but how the feature works remains unclear.

At present, Instagram does recommend Stories based on geo-location and other factors, but users don’t have control over what appears. This tweak will likely enhance this.

It also may breathe life back into the confusing, and muddled hashtag system.

Currently, Instagram hashtags are used to promote engagement and visibility across the network, but allowing users to follow individual tags may inadvertently encourage order, as users will be more inclined to use specific hashtags that more relevantly fit their content.

As mentioned before, this also gives Instagram a foot in the breaking news door.

Following individual hashtags like #FeesMustFall or #RWC2023 will bring ordered Twitter-like streaming news functionality to the social network. And with a user base of 800-million monthly users, that could become a worry for the blue bird in the near future.

As it stand, we’re not completely sure how the “follow a hashtag” functionality will be executed, or how extensive the trial is at present.

Instagram has also yet to issue a statement regarding the feature.

H/T: The Next Web, Pippa Akram

Feature image: Memeburn

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone and game reviews over on Gearburn. More

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