Instagram has historically been a master at mimicking features that other social platforms have introduced. The most recent case was that of Reels trying to be the internal TikTok for its users, albeit with limited success to date. For some reason, however, Facebook’s own platform has decided not to adapt a function of its foster parent or of Twitter.
Yes, we are referring to the ability to add links to our stories on Facebook and Twitter. Even so, Instagram didn’t incorporate this feature and to this day users can only share links through their BIOS. However, a recently filed patent application suggests that changes may be underway.
If you stick to a new patent application from Facebook, it seems that soon users will be able to add links to their captions. But there is a catch! A popup that appears when the user adds a link asks if you want the url to be clickable and if the answer is yes it will be charged $ 2 or roughly Rs 1
The patent filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states that the fee for creating a link can either be a flat rate or based on the number of users connected to the original person who wrote the post. It could also be based in part on the user profile and charge a fee to create a link, but not an individual non-business account for it.
The patent application states: “If the on-line system detects that the text content of the label contains a sequence of link text that identifies an address, the on-line system will ask the posting user to pay a fee to create a link to pay. ”The patent was applied for at the beginning of this month.
Instagram allows users with 10,000+ followers or verified profiles to add clickable links to their stories, while regular users add links through their BIOS and delete the words “link in bio” if any of their stories or captions contain a call to action check a link.
The application goes on to say that the fee is to prevent users from posting content with links in the label as advertising, but at no cost. It is said the links would be automatically disabled if the user did not pay. It looks like brands looking for celebrities or influencers to endorse their products may cough up more.
More recently, Instagram Reels, which was launched in India a few months ago, was added in the form of a tab in the app to coincide with the federal government’s decision to ban 59 apps including TikTok. India was the first country to receive this tab, which replaced the existing Explore tab.