In the first part of this article we told you all about Grab for Instagram and looked at some of its great features. In part 2 of this article, we’ll explore even more awesome things about Grab. If you haven’t read the first part yet, click here.
Feed management and Privacy
A lot of people use Instagram for getting ideas for their home decor, for their outfits and for collecting other pictures that might pique their interest. For example, many women follow fashion bloggers to get an idea of what is currently in vogue. Usually, you would ‘like’ a picture in order to ‘bookmark’ it for later viewing. The default Instagram app however, makes this tougher than it should be, by hiding the ‘liked pictures’ list deep inside your profile settings.
Grab on the other hand, lets you create stacks, where you can store the pictures that you like. Don’t worry, none of these pictures are downloaded to your mobile device, instead a dynamic link to them is placed inside the stack. For example, you could create a stack called ‘outfits’ where you stack pictures that have clothing items you are interested in. You could create another called ‘Quotes’ where you gather quotes that you find interesting or thought provoking and so on. You can create as many stacks as you want and categorize different pictures appropriately.
These stacks are private and no other users can see what you have stored inside them so feel free to store anything and everything you want. Speaking of privacy, if you don’t want friends snooping around your app and checking out your Instagram feed, then you can lock the app with a passcode or by using the Touch ID feature if you have the newer version of the iOS device. Once you do this, it will ask for the passcode or the Touch ID every time you shift back to the app.
Similarly, if you are interested in the feed of an Instagram user but aren’t sure if you want to follow them, then you can simple bookmark their profile. This allows you to privately monitor their feed without them knowing that you are doing so. Parents can use this nifty feature to monitor the posts of their young kids to ensure that they do not post any sensitive or private information.
One of my favorite things to do on Instagram is finding new interesting things by searching for hashtags. Grab takes it a step further by allowing you to search using multiple hashtags. This means that if you search for #Food #Wine then you get pictures that contain both the hashtags. This makes perfect sense as most Instagram users use multiple descriptive hashtags on their pictures and the ‘multiple hashtag search’ feature uses this to its advantage by allowing users to quickly find pictures that they are looking for instead of wasting time browsing around searching manually for pictures of interest.
However, it is the search by location feature that makes it all super interesting. Using a map, you can narrow your search results to within 100 meters of your current location. This range can be set anywhere between 100 meters to 5000 meters. You can further narrow this search by picking a category too. For example if you select the ‘Food & Drinks’ category and narrow your search down to 200 meters, then it will show you only the pictures that have been taken or that have been posted by users that are within 200 meters of you at that moment.
For instance, this can be useful for those who are at a popular tourist destination and want to see if anyone else has taken a better picture of the place or for parents who are at a school play and want to save a better picture than what they themselves have taken. You can use the ‘location search’ feature for pretty much any place in the world by locating it on the map or by entering the name of the place in the search field.
Speaking of saving pictures, Grab allows you to download pictures from any user’s timeline. Found a great shade of a nail color or a picture of a beach in Italy or a funny quote? just tap ‘download’ to save it to your phone. This does take up some space on your phone so if you are running drastically low on storage space then you might want to refrain from downloading too much.
Lastly, it is important to mention that Grab also allows you to use multiple Instagram accounts. For example, if you run an account for your business and one for your personal use, then you do not need to log in and log out every day to be able to use both accounts. You just need to log in once with all your accounts and enjoy all the features.
As of now you cannot post pictures using Grab as Instagram does not allow users to post pictures using third party apps, however, you can repost pictures from the timeline of other users to your own. Once you click on the camera option in the Grab app, it does open up the camera of the Instagram app, making the posting process quicker for you. For someone like me who does not post everyday, yet spends a considerable time browsing, this is not much of an issue.
By now you must have understood why I feel so excited about this app. In the last week that I have used it, I have truly enjoyed my Instagram experience like I never did before and I doubt that I will be going back to using the default app (except for posting pictures). Most of all, I can’t believe that they are giving it out for free. So go ahead and download it today and see if you love it as much as I do.