Instagram users will soon be able to search using keywords on the app. The company announced that users in the UK, US, Ireland and Canada and other countries will be able to search the platform using keywords. Users in India and other countries where the feature has not been implemented can only search using hashtags.
For example, if you want to search for “cute dogs”, you are currently using #cutedogs in your searches or an account with the same name you are looking for. However, the new settings will make it easier for users to reach the page or image they are looking for. You will be directed to the page even if you search without the correct hashtag.
The company hasn’t disclosed whether it will share exact results using keywords, but the company spokesperson told The Verge that it will machine learn to find the closest results. The spokesperson said the company is looking into “a number of factors”, including the “type of content, captions, when it was posted” and uses machine learning to “find the highest quality content that is relevant to. you”.
“The search is limited to topics of general interest and keywords that fall within the Instagram community guidelines,” the spokesperson told The Verge.
Initially, users should use more common words like puppies, flowers, cars instead of specific keywords like Qanon, Biden, and more. The feature will be available to users in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland from today. The Facebook-owned company has yet to announce whether the feature will be rolled out in other countries, including India or not.
In addition to this feature, Instagram has also announced that it is expanding the Guides feature to all users. Instagram guides launched earlier this year. The feature as the name suggests has allowed users to share tips, curate places, posts and other things they love.
When you tap on a guide, you will be able to see posts and videos from the creator you are following. This would primarily involve helpful mental health tips, advice on something, or information about the coronavirus. However, if you want to dig deeper into a Guidepost, you need to tap on the image or video to view the curator’s original Instagram post. Guides can also be shared with your Stories, and you can also send a direct message to someone from your friends list, just like you do with other posts or images.
The company announced that users in the UK, US, Ireland and Canada and other countries will be able to search the platform using keywords.
- Instagram users will soon be able to search using keywords on the app.
- The feature has been published in the UK, US, Ireland, Canada, and other countries.
- Users in India and other countries where the feature has not been implemented can only search using hashtags.