Yesterday Instagram announced green status dot status indicator feature it will show up in the instagram direct message that indicates a user is active on the app. If you’re using Instagram, you can expect to see a green dot next to the profile pics of friends who also using Instagram right then and there.
The dot will also show up on your friend’s list when you go to share a post with someone. Instagram clarifies that “You will only see the status for friends who follow you or people who you have talked to in Direct,” so it’s meant to get you talking more to the people you’re already talking to. You can disable the status info in the “Activity Status” bit of the app’s Settings menu, where it’s set to “on” by default.
Instagram already showed a feature in the Instagram direct message how long ago someone was active by including information like “Active 23m ago” or “Active Now” in grey text next to their account info where your direct messages live. For those of us who prefer a calm, less real-time experience, the fact that features like these come on by default is a bummer.
Given the grey activity status text, the status dot may not seem like that much of a change. Still, it’s one opt-out design choice closer to making Instagram a compulsive real-time social media nightmare like Facebook or Facebook Messenger.
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