Instagram Tests a Way to Add Hashtags to Posts

Instagram Tests a Way to Add Hashtags to Posts Without Placing Them in Captions

So it looks like Instagram is testing a couple of new features which are:

  • Adding hashtags to a post without appearing captions
  • Setting locations for your Instagram stories

Jane Manchun Wong who’s a computer science student and blogger shared a few screenshots of these new features on Twitter. Unfortunately, Instagram declined to provide further clarification of this.

Looking at this first tweet it appears that Instagram is testing the ability to add an unlimited amount of hashtags to a post.

Jane also appeared to share an Instagram post without any hashtags at all.


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After storm

A post shared by Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) on

This looks like a way of Instagram showing your posts in searches for specific hashtags without having the clutter of several hashtags in the post or within your comments section (which looked really bad).

Jane’s tweet appears to be showing some sort of geofencing of your posts and stories. In essence, this means a creator can show their content to specific countries whilst excluding others.

XenMedia’s Take:

I think we’re all used to social media platforms testing and we can certain features.

To be fair not all of them are great, but these two features seem to be improving the aesthetics of the platform why not showing so many ugly hashtags.

By allowing the user to choose where their content is seen gives you greater control meaning you can target specific audiences with your content.

In my opinion, I think this feature is specifically aimed at advertisers.

By posting your organic content to a specific region or country gives you a better understanding of who you need to target when you start using the Instagram advertising platform.

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