- ‘Rage Shake’ available for Android and iOS users – but only in the US ‘for now’
- It’s like Snap’s ‘Shake to Report’ that lets users shake their phones to report bugs
- Another new feature lets Instagram users delete photos from the photo carousel
Instagram has launched a new feature called ‘Rage Shake’, mimicking its social media rival Snapchat.
Users just need to open their phone with the Instagram app on and a small pop-up appears that lets them report an annoying technical issue.
This is very similar to Snapchat’s ‘Shake to Report’, which already lets users shake their smartphones to report bugs.
Instagram owner Meta (formerly known as Facebook) has been scrambling for years to emulate the success of Snapchat, with many uniquely similar features, including Stories and screenshots.
Rage Shake is available for iOS and Android, but only for US users ‘for now’.
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Does Instagram freeze suddenly hack you? Now you can shake your phone to not only release pent-up frustration but also bring up a pop-up window to report a problem (stock image)
– If the Instagram app freezes, glitches or has some kind of problem, just shake your phone.
– A pop-up appears saying: ‘Did something go wrong? Your feedback helps us improve Instagram.’
Below this is an option to tap on ‘Report a problem’.
– Tap this to brag about your problem with the app, which will be read by a human staff member.
MailOnline has contacted Meta for more information regarding the release of Rage Shack in the UK.
Instagram head Adam Mosseri outlined another new feature, along with Rez Shake, that lets users delete a photo from the Photos carousel.
‘Have you ever used Instagram and it wasn’t working as it should?’ Mosseri says in the clip.
‘Maybe the stories didn’t load, maybe the audio wasn’t working, maybe you just couldn’t upload a photo and it was really getting to you?
‘Okay now you can literally shake the phone and a little option will pop up so you can report a problem.’
When users shake their phones to open Instagram, the pop-up read: ‘Did something go wrong? Your feedback helps us improve Instagram.’
Below that is an option to tap on ‘Report a problem’. Users can then type in what the problem is ‘with all the emotion and feel like you’re moving on’, Mosseri says.
A human staff member will read a message from a frustrated user, helping with Instagram’s efforts to fix bugs and other problems.
Another new feature, carousel deletion, is only for iOS users, but is coming to Android ‘soon’. With it, users can tap on the trash bin icon to delete a picture from the carousel.
– Tap on the three-dot menu for any carousel and select ‘Edit’.
– Swipe up on the photo or video you want to delete.
– Tap the trash bin icon in the top left corner to delete the item.
– Deleting an item will pop up a confirmation dialog, after which your item will be queued for removal.
– Tap ‘Done’ and all items marked for deletion will be removed.
‘We appreciate the feedback, as colorful as it can be,’ says Mosseri.
Another new feature, carousel deletion, is only for iOS users, but is coming to Android ‘soon’.
On Instagram, a carousel is a series of multiple photos or video clips uploaded at once, which can be viewed by other users by swiping sideways.
Previously, if users wanted to delete a picture in the carousel, they had to delete the entire carousel.
Now, users can go to the carousel post, click the three-dot symbol in the top-right corner of the post, tap ‘Edit’, swipe up on the photo they want to delete, and then click the top left corner. Tap on the Remove Giver icon. corner.
Mosseri said Instagram users have been asking for Carousel to be removed for some time, but it is eventually available globally.
Last week, Mosseri appeared in a similar video to announce the availability of another feature currently in testing, called Take a Break.
Take a break, Instagram gives users the option to receive a prompt to stop using the photo-sharing app — every 10, 20 or 30 minutes.
Instagram is owned by social media giant Meta, which was known as Facebook until October 28, 2021
It’s rolling out as part of a trial for a small sample of Instagram users, but all accounts can get it ‘in a month or two’.
Unlike Take A Break, which is only a testing facility, Rage Shake and Carousel Delete have been rolled out permanently.
If it gets a full rollout following user feedback, Take a Break could help reduce ‘Instagram addiction’, which has been linked to harmful effects on mental health.
Scientists warn that there are about 50 harmful effects associated with the use of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
There are about 50 harmful effects associated with social media use, a 2021 study shows – and they aren’t just related to mental health.
Academics from the University of Technology Sydney report 46 harmful effects associated with the use of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For the study, the team reviewed more than 50 research articles published between 2003 and 2018.
In 2003, social media was still in its infancy and Facebook would not be founded for another year. One of the early social networks, MySpace, was founded in 2003.
Violation of privacy, deception, panic, conflicts with others and increased appetite for financial risk-taking were found to be among the 46 harmful effects of social media.
Overall, social media issues range from physical and mental health problems to negative impacts on job and academic performance, as well as security and privacy issues, according to academics.
Read here 46 harmful effects of social media