Of late, the Facebook-owned Instagram has been adding new features and the latest among them was a search tool for the first time. Using this search tool users can now browse user accounts, search for hashtags, and locations.
Facebook bought the photo-and-video sharing app for $1 billion in 2012, which is one of the world’s most popular social networks with more than 300 million users and counting millions of additional monthly active users.
Starting today, you can search people, places and hashtags on web. pic.twitter.com/kadwSZd8xt
— Instagram (@instagram) July 20, 2015
The Instagram’s new feature shows that the company is working hard to give a tough competition to its rival Twitter. Instagram has recently updated its site to give its huge network of photographers a better place to display their work.
“Web search is part of a broader commitment to improving discovery across our platforms,” an Instagram spokesperson told Forbes. “With 70 million photos shared to Instagram each day, if something is happening in the world, it’s likely being captured on Instagram.”
According to a report in the Verge, the new web design will display three large images in each row, rather than the five smaller images it displays right now. The grid of cover images is gone at the top, and it’s also doing away with a lot of the borders and rounded edges and getting on board with circular profile pictures.