Instagram is testing tapping through posts in Explore, just like with Stories

Say goodbye to scrolling because Instagram is making a major change to how you see posts in Explore. According to reports, the company may eliminate thumb-swipe fatigue by letting people tap through post like they would with Stories.

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Instagram is testing a new, simplified way to move through posts in the Explore tab by tapping, just like you currently tap through Stories. This navigation feature is being tested with a subset of users, as evidenced by a screenshot from Twitter user Suprateek Bose.... Read the rest of this post here


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Instagram tests tapping instead of scrolling through posts, first in Explore

The effortless way you fast forward through Stories could be coming to more of Instagram . A screenshot from user Suprateek Bose shows Instagram “Introducing a new way to move through posts — Tap through posts, just like you tap through stories.” Now Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it’s testing tap to advance within Explore, […]

The effortless way you fast forward through Stories could be coming to more of Instagram . A screenshot from user Suprateek Bose shows Instagram “Introducing a new way to move through posts — Tap through posts, just like you tap through stories.”

Now Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it’s testing tap to advance within Explore, and a spokesperson provided this statement: “We’re always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love.” As for whether this could come to the main feed, an Instagram spokesperson tells me that not something it’s actively thinking about right now.

Instagram already uses an auto-advance feature in its Videos You Might Like section of Explore, jumping down to the next video when the last one finishes. It previously offered themed video collections around Halloween and top creators too. But for photos where it’s not clear when you’re done viewing, a quick tap is the closest thing to Instagram propelling you through posts automatically.

Tap to advance, pioneered by Snapchat, eliminates the need for big thumbstrokes on your touch screen that can get tiring after awhile. It also means users always see media full-screen rather than having to fiddle with scrolling the perfect amount to see an entire post. Together, these create a more relaxing browsing experience that can devour hours of a user’s time. Instagram doesn’t show ads in Explore, but tap-to-advance could save your thumb stamina for more feed and Stories viewing where it does earn money. While Snapchat remains the teen favorite, Instagram could cater to seniors with arthritis with this new method of navigation (no, seriously, swiping can be tough on the joints for some people).

The fact that tap-to-advance is now testing but Instagram still hasn’t actually rolled out the Your Activity screentime digital well-being dashboard it says was launching two months ago begs the question of whether it really wants us to be more purposeful with our social media usage.

How to Find the Best Instagram Hashtags for More Likes & Followers

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The humble hashtag is an integral part of Instagram. Using hashtags is how your photos show up in the “Discover” tab, it’s how other people can find pictures, and it leads to more likes. But you probably need some help using the right hashtags. To an Instagram newbie, the culture of cryptic hashtags is difficult to understand. What’s a #tbt or a #f4f? What does someone mean by #LikeForLike or #Instagood? Knowing what hashtags mean, and which hashtags are used regularly for certain topics like pets or food, can help hone your hashtag strategy. Starting With the Hottest Instagram Hashtags…

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The humble hashtag is an integral part of Instagram. Using hashtags is how your photos show up in the “Discover” tab, it’s how other people can find pictures, and it leads to more likes. But you probably need some help using the right hashtags.

To an Instagram newbie, the culture of cryptic hashtags is difficult to understand. What’s a #tbt or a #f4f? What does someone mean by #LikeForLike or #Instagood? Knowing what hashtags mean, and which hashtags are used regularly for certain topics like pets or food, can help hone your hashtag strategy.

Starting With the Hottest Instagram Hashtags

top 100 hashtags on instagram right now

Before you figure out a strategy, you first need to understand which hashtags are the most popular on Instagram. Top Hashtags provides a list of the top 100 Instagram hashtags ever used. You can see how many millions of photos are tagged similarly. Even remembering a selection of these might give you a headstart.

One of our favorite lesser-known Instagram tricks is to use the autocomplete feature to get better hashtags. When you start typing a hashtag, Instagram will give you suggestions to complete it, along with the number of times that tag has been used. Obviously, the more popular a tag is, the better your chances are of getting noticed. Remember that the 100th most popular tag has about 60 million posts, so if you find a number close to that, you’re golden.

Finding the Best Hashtags by Topic

Display Purposes automatically finds the best instagram hashtags for you

The hashtags you use for a photo of your dog playing fetch can’t be the same tags used for a plate of delicious dessert. So how do you find hashtags related to a certain topic? Well, you need to always see the tags others are using, of course. But no one said you can’t use a cheat sheet to help you out.

Head to Display Purposes, and type a word or two about the photo you’re uploading. For example, you might type “dog” and “pets”, and then hit search. The web app will immediately make a list of 30 popular hashtags, which you can tap to copy. It also smartly mixes hashtags so that you don’t get repetitive ones, and are more likely to find hashtags that are growing in popularity.

Display Purposes doesn’t have a mobile app, but you don’t need one anyway. For something like this, it will need to run a web search every time so that you get the latest and greatest hashtags. You’re better off using the website as an app.

Finding Hashtags by Uploading Photos

If you don’t know what to search for, how do you come up with the best hashtag? Try uploading your image to AutoHash, and it will generate keywords based on the picture.

AutoHash uses some smart visual recognition software to analyze your photo and figure out what it is. Then it dives into its database of trending hashtags to match you with the best possible list. It works surprisingly well, especially for common Instagram pictures like food, pets, or travel.

The only issue with AutoHash is that it only recognizes your current GPS location. So if you’ve moved away from where you took the picture, the location hashtag for the photo will be wrong. Make sure you change that.

Download: AutoHash for Android (Free)

Each Day Has Its Own Best Hashtags

One of the worst-kept secrets of Instagram’s hashtags is that each day of the week has its own popular hashtag. Or sometimes multiple ones for each day. Now you’ve probably heard of #ThrowbackThursday, where you post photos from years ago. Using the correct hashtag for other days of the week can give you a similar boost.

Popular Instagram Hashtags for Monday

Use #monday, #mondays, and #manicmonday as regular tags for the day.

Use #mondaymotivation for an inspirational pic to kickstart the week.

Use #mondayblues or #mondaymorning to complain about getting back to the grind.

Use #mondayfunday for photos that show you can have a good time after the weekend.

Use #musicmonday to share your favorite tunes on Instagram or plug a local band playing this week.

Popular Instagram Hashtags for Tuesday

Use #tuesday and #tuesdays as regular tags for the day.

Use #tongueouttuesday to capture a photo of your pooch with their tongue hanging out.

Use #traveltuesday to share a photo of your current or recent trip.

Use #transformationtuesday to showcase your struggle towards your personal goal. This is a great time to make before and after collages with Instagram’s Layout app.

Popular Instagram Hashtags for Wednesday

Use #wednesday, #wednesdays, and #humpday as regular tags for the day.

Use #wellnesswednesday to talk about health and fitness.

Use #winewednesday if you need a glass to get over the hump day and last the week.

Use #wednesdaywisdom to share an inspirational quote or story.

Popular Instagram Hashtags for Thursday

Use #thursday and #thursdays as regular tags for the day.

Use #throwbackthursday and #tbt to share an old photo, reliving a fond memory.

Use #thursdate for a middle-of-the-week date night.

Use #thirstythursday if you’re grabbing a drink.

Use #thankfulthursday to express your gratitude towards someone or something this week.

Popular Instagram Hashtags for Friday

Use #friday, #fridays, and #tgif as regular tags for the day.

Use #flashbackfriday or #fbf if you missed Throwback Thursday, or if you want to post another cherished memory.

Use #fridaynight to show yourself having a good time, along with #fridaynights and #fridayvibes.

Use #fridaynightlights and #fridaynightfootball if you’re posting a picture from a high school football game.

Note: Friday has the largest number of popular hashtags, so you might just find something for yourself through autocomplete. Try out a few combinations!

Popular Instagram Hashtags for Saturday

Use #saturday and #saturdays as regular tags for the day.

Use #saturdaymornings to show how you are spending the first lazy morning of the weekend.

Use #caturday to post your feline friend’s favorite photos. Hey, the internet can’t get enough of cats!

Use #saturdaynight to tell the world how you’re chilling out.

Popular Instagram Hashtags for Sunday

Use #sunday, #sundays, and #sundayfunday as regular tags for the day.

Use #selfiesunday and #sundayselfie to train the camera lens on to yourself and