INSTAGRAM has denied it’s working on a “re-gram” feature that would let you share other people’s posts on your own feed.
App users have been calling for the feature for years, but an Instagram spokesperson told us it’s simply not happening right now.
Hope for re-gramming rose after a tech blog yesterday reported that Instagram was testing it.
US site The Verge said the feature would be known as “seamless sharing”.
It would be accessed through the “…” menu at the top of posts, giving users a “share to feed” option.
Speaking to The Sun, an Instagram spokesperson said: “This is not something we are building or testing.”
According to the original Verge report, re-shared posts would appear in the feed underneath the username and photo of the user that shared it.
Posts would be limited to two re-shares at most, likely to limit the spread of misinformation – the same reason WhatsApp (also owned by Facebook) has capped the number of times messages can be forwarded.
The report noted that the trail of both users who shared the photo or video “appear in a stack above the post”.
The Verge claims to have obtained photos of re-shared posts, but didn’t publish them.
One of these was said to be a business account offering merchandise for sale.
Re-sharing posts has been a notable missing feature from Instagram.
Lots of third-party apps offer the ability to “re-gram” – the term used to describe sharing another person’s Instagram post.
But Instagram has firmly stood against the feature.
Speaking to Wired last year, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom said: “We debate the re-share thing a lot. Because obviously people love the idea of re-sharing content that they find.
“Instagram is full of awesome stuff. In fact, one of the main ways people communicate over Instagram Direct now is actually they share content that they find on Instagram.
“So that’s been a debate over and over again. But really that decision is about keeping your feed focused on the people you know rather than the people you know finding other stuff for you to see.
“And I think that is more of a testament of our focus on authenticity and on the connections you actually have than about anything else.”
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Instagram did climb down slightly from its “re-gram” blockade earlier this year however.
Back in June, the company made it possible to re-share Instagram Stories that had been posted by other users.
And earlier this month we reported on how the app is building up its shopping capabilities.
Do you think Instagram should add a re-sharing option? Let us know in the comments!
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