Back in October, Instagram launched Spotlights for the first time. Spotlights are libraries of curated user-generated video that come to form one long piece of content. The first time they rolled out, it was for Halloween. Then came Christmas. Today, Instagram is looking to make Spotlights a more permanent feature.
Also Read: Instagram Just Made Boomerang Better
Starting now, Instagram is making Spotlights on just about any topic. This way you could discover video compilations of fitness content, dogs and cats, or even cars.
If you like our stories, there is an easy way to stay updated:
Instagram hopes Spotlights will not only keep people engaged and coming back for more but also as a new tool for users to discover new content and users they wouldn’t normally have followed, according to Gabe Madway, Instagram’s communication manager:
[quote]Spotlight is where you go to discover things you don’t follow but might end up following. Things you never expected to see.[/quote]
Instagram selects and curates content using hashtags, and at this stage it is not clear what the selection process is – if it is based on trends, popularity, or something else. Time will tell.
One thing’s for sure though, Spotlights are a direct hit at Snapchat Stories, and Twitter Moments.
You might also like
More from Instagram
Instagram has announced new measures against bad behavior on its platform, including removing accounts that send abusive DMs.
Username hacking consists of stealing rare and coveted usernames on platforms like Instagram, and then sell them for a profit.
Instagram has rolled out a new Content Publishing API that will support scheduling and publishing single photo or video posts.
The Instagram Professional Dashboard is a single destination to help track your performance and access professional tools.
Facebook has temporarily disabled some Messenger and Instagram features in response to new rules for messaging services in Europe.