Instagram has announced that it is set to add view counts to videos with an aim to let you see how many times people watched your creations. This new update will be a big step for the platform that known to be a place for photo sharing from long past.
With view counts, Instagram will offer you the total number of views on your videos. These figures will be available underneath videos, the place where likes are presently available. You’ll also be able to see likes on your videos by tapping the number of views.
“Views are the most widely expected form of feedback on video. That’s why you’ll begin to see view counts underneath videos where before you’d normally see likes,” Instagram notes in a blog post.
‘First of many ways’
The addition of view counts in Instagram videos is touted to be the “first of many ways” that the Facebook-owned company is planning to offer this year. This hints that some other video-focused features are also in the pipeline and would arrive in the coming future.
Moreover, if you’re a regular Instagram user and are quite active in sharing some videos, the new update is exclusively designed to enhance your experience.
Rivaling Vine and Twitter
Videos are not new to Instagram as it added 15-second video support back in July 2013 and brought products like Hyperlapse and Boomerang several months ago. But still, the platform is facing tough competition from Vine and Twitter in the world of video sharing. Vine already provides you Loop Counts to show total views on your videos and Twitter offers slow-motion video support to rival Instagram.