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Instagram Realizes it’s Not Always Hip To Be Square

No one sees the world in a square shape and one of the Internet’s most popular photo-sharing sites has finally realized this.

instagramInstagram announced Thursday users are now able to post both portrait and landscape-size images. It’s a big move for the app which is known for its square-shaped images.

The announcement came via a blog post entitled ‘Thinking outside the square.’ The post made it clear, though, that the square images aren’t going away.

“Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to,” the post stated.

Yet, users will now be able to choose a photo’s orientation and videos will be viewed in a similar format.

As Fortune reported, though, the news could have a detrimental effect on third-party apps that allow Instagram users to format their landscape and portrait photos into a square without cutting off parts of the picture.

The changes may impact how images are viewed but it won’t, reports Business Insider, alter the look and feel of Instagram. Photos and videos displayed in users’ profile grid will remain as centre-crops. Pictures and videos posted in the non-square formats will only be shown in their full format when clicked on.

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W. Brice McVicar

W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.