Consider yourself warned: This is the Instagram ad you’re going to see next week

consider warned instagram ad youre going see next week ig

Earlier this month, Instagram officially announced that yes, to no one’s surprise, the app would soon fold ads into your feed. At the time, it was assumed we should expect to see this change within the next few months, but apparently Instagram works fast because they’re coming next week – and what you see above is what they’ll look like.

The sponsored icon at right will be clickable and offer users more information about Instagram ads. “You’ll know a photo or video is an advertisement when you see the ‘Sponsored’ label where the time stamp normally would be,” Instagram explains. “Tap this label to learn more about how advertising works on Instagram.”

Once again, the photo sharing service wants us to know that it’s trying to approach this marketing concept as naturally and creatively as possible. “If you see an ad that doesn’t interest you, you can tap the ‘…’ below it to hide it and provide feedback about what you didn’t like. This will help us show you more interesting ads in the future.”

Of course, Instagram’s owner, Facebook, has a similar setup (see below), and complaints about its abundance of advertising and inability to create a compelling News Feed for users are unending. So despite the continued reassurance from Instagram, it’s impossible to quell all user anxiety about what the introduction of advertisements could mean.

fb ads hide

However you can’t argue that the example ad looks like a multitude of the photos we see daily on Instagram. In some way, each of us is promoting ourselves as a brand, so it’s hard to see how this content will really interrupt the flow of photos. The only significant difference will be that you’re seeing images from accounts you don’t follow – right now, that’s probably going to be from some of the more active brands on Instagram, like Starbucks and Nike. But when Instagrams from Marlboro and Spanx start showing up … then we might have an issue.

Cars

What’s next for in-car entertainment? Audi believes it knows

Audi is bringing two technologies to CES 2019. The first turns a car -- a luxury sedan, in this case -- into a drive-in movie theater. The second is presented as a new entertainment format that turns the journey into the destination.
Mobile

Apple's iOS 12.1.1 makes it easier to switch cameras in FaceTime

After months of betas, the final version of iOS 12 is here to download. The latest OS comes along with tons of new capabilities, from grouped notifications to Siri Shortcuts. Here are all the features you'll find in iOS 12.
Cars

Tesla could show the electric pickup Elon Musk is dying to build in 2019

Tesla has started designing its long-promised pickup truck. The yet-unnamed model will come with dual-motor all-wheel drive and lots of torque, plus it will be able to park itself.
Social Media

Walkie-talkie voice messaging finally comes to Instagram

In its latest grab from messaging apps, Instagram now lets you send walkie-talkie style voice messages. Apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and iMessage have offered the feature for some time.
Social Media

This event topped Facebook’s biggest moments of the year — again

As the year comes to a close, Facebook is looking back on what users discussed most over the last year. For two years in a row, International Women's Day topped the list. So what else is on the list?
Social Media

This band owns Twitter, according to list of top accounts and tweets for 2018

What was the biggest buzz on Twitter in 2018? Twitter's 2018 Year in Review highlights the biggest tweets, accounts, and hashtags. The most-tweeted celebrities, movies, TV shows, athletes, politicians and more in Twitter's 2018 trends.
Social Media

What do yodeling and Kylie Jenner have in common? YouTube’s top 2018 videos

In a true nod to the variety found on YouTube, the platform's top 10 list of videos from 2018 range from celebrities to sports, from perfectly tossing a picture frame on the wall to a kid yodeling in aisle 12 at Walmart.
Home Theater

It took Tom Cruise to raise awareness of this troublesome TV setting

Tom Cruise, in an unexpected PSA tweet, asks you to turn off motion interpolation on your TV, but stops short of how to do it. Here's more on the topic, along with links to a guide on how to rid your TV of the dreaded "soap opera effect."
Computing

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
Business

Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Representatives of Amazon Go checkout-free retail stores connected with officials at Los Angeles and San Jose airports in June to discuss the possibility of cashier-free grab-and-go locations in busy terminals.
Social Media

Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Digging into Snapchat's code suggests a handful of upcoming camera features, including a portrait mode. The feature appears to use facial recognition A.I. to blur the background. The code also suggests an updated camera interface.
Computing

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.
Social Media

‘YouTube Rewind 2018’ is about to become its most disliked video ever

YouTube is about to achieve a record it really doesn't want — that of "most-disliked video." Yes, its annual recap of featuring popular YouTubers has gone down really badly this year.
Social Media

GIF almost anywhere with Giphy’s new keyboard and sticker maker

We all love GIFs, but not every app supports them. Fortunately, the new Giphy' keyboard brings GIFs to any iOS app that supports multimedia. The update also comes with a new tool for creating animated stickers.