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This article was published on May 26, 2011

Instagram updated to add ‘double-tap’ likes and improved comments

Instagram updated to add ‘double-tap’ likes and improved comments
Matthew Panzarino
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Matthew Panzarino

Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter. Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter.

Instagram has updated their super popular photo sharing app to include the ability to double-tap a photo to like it, autocomplete usernames and a new interactive comment screen.

The new ‘double-tap to like’ feature works as expected. Instead of hunting for the tiny ‘Like’ icon you can now simply double-tap any image in your feed to show that you like it. A small heart will pop up confirming your like.

The comments section gets a nice improvement that adds username autocomplete when leaving a comment on the image. Just start it using the ‘@’ symbol and a list of user that you follow, along with names of users that have left a comment on the image will pop up. This should allow for much easier replies to specific comments in a thread.

The comments section also got a bit more love in the form of a full comments section that you can use to see all of the comments on a photo. If it’s your photo you have the option to swipe-to-delete if you want to get rid of a comment. For mass deletion, you can now tap on a small gear icon in the upper right corner and minus comments en masse.

In addition, the app got a few speed improvements. If you don’t already have Instagram you can grab it on the App Store here for free.