Instagram is killing its Photo Map feature, according to a report in Mashable. Instagram confirmed the same to the site and issued a statement saying, “Photo Map was not widely used, so we’ve decided to remove the feature and focus on other priorities.” Instagram Photo Map allows users to view all pictures taken at a particular place together on a map. It requires users to geo-tag their photographs, for them to appear on Instagram’s Photo Map. While the geo-tagging feature is still there, Instagram is doing away with Photo Map.
Instagram’s Photo Map option appears just below user’s profile. The Photo Map feature will not immediately disappear for users bit, will be done away with gradually. As far as geo-tags go, users will be able to click on individual posts to see all photographs from that particular location on a small map. According to Mashable, the move will not affect Instagram’s API.
Looks like Instagram is trying to make its app more compact by doing away with features that aren’t frequently used. Another reason could be to make it easier for high-profile celebrity users to post pictures, without getting their location identified on a map.
Instagram, which is recently revamped up its platform with a new logo and Snapchat-like stories feature, is shifting its focus to videos. Instagram, which has close to 500 million users, is reportedly working on a new feature for its Channels. It rolled out Stories, a true copy of Snapchat in August. And according to Wall Street Journal, Stories is seeing a major traction from brands and celebrities. Stories on Instagram, just like Snapchat, disappear after 24 hours.