Instagram reportedly redesigns Explore tab

Days after reaching the one-billion users mark, Facebook-owned Instagram has reportedly started rolling out a redesigned Explore tab to its users. While there is no difference in the user interface of the new Explore tab, the recent addition is the presence of topic channels on the top such as “Animals”, “Photography” and more. As per a report from 9to5Mac, the redesigned Explore tab also comes with a new “For You” option that is said to list out “a collection of curated posts from other users, based on your interests and past behaviors.” Readers must note that this is the same update to the Explore tab that Facebook had announced for its photo-sharing platform Instagram at its annual developers’ conference F8. At the time of the announcement of this redesign, Instagram said in a blogpost, “People come to Explore every day to discover new ideas, people, and experiences. And now we’re excited to bring you a redesigned Explore that makes discovery even easier. Explore is still personalized for you, but the content is now organized into topic channels so you can browse across your interests and go deeper on any area you’d like.” At the time of Facebook F8 conference, the company had also announced that it will be rolling out AR camera effects for Instagram. “Using AR Studio, creators will be able to design unique, interactive camera experiences, including face filters and world effects, for their followers on Instagram,” said Facebook in a blogpost. Also Facebook announced video chat to be available in Instagram Direct for both one-on-one and group conversations. Recently, Instagram Stories feature got an update. Earlier this month Instagram announced that it will be bringing the shopping feature to Stories. As per Instagram, the Stories posts with a shoppable link will appear with a sticker of a shopping bag, and when the users tap on that, it will give them further details about the particular product. Instagram already has a dedicated shopping feature but with this announcement the firm is expanding the feature to more than just feeds.