Instagram is testing nested comments on its platform, making it a lot easier to find replies and keep track of comments in general.
Whoever’s ever tried to find a reply to a specific comment on an Instagram post will know that it’s a nightmare. In fact, dealing with comments on Instagram is a total nightmare anyway. If the other person hasn’t mentioned you (you will be notified if they do) it will be like searching for a needle in a haystack. And Instagram seems to have realised this – because it’s testing a new way to view replies on comments.
The test brings nested comments to Instagram‘s Android app, making them look a lot like Facebook. The idea is that when you reply to comment, your comment appears indented below. Instagram has tried many times to optimise the way its comments system works, and has of course improved it a lot since. Yet, it’s still quite hard to deal with comments on the platform – even more so with replies.
I am sure most users – especially those who deal with hundreds, if not thousands of comments on a daily basis – will welcome this new feature. Of course there isn’t comment from Instagram itself whether the feature will be available to all users, or when.
As has been the case countless times before, tests like these materialise as full features in a matter of months. If this is the case, we should be seeing nested comments on Instagram by the end of the summer. If you’d like to test Instagram beta (and you’re on Android), you need to join the the Android Beta Testers Google group and follow the instructions found here.
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