On July 20, 2018, the Facebook-owned service Instagram “AKA- IG” has added a helpful new feature that should make it even harder to ever leave its interface. Instagram adds green dot on profile pictures so you can know who is online and who is not.
Instagram adds green dot on profile pictures to show you who’s online
From now on, a green dot will show up on in the bottom right corner of the profile pictures of the people who are currently online and using the app. The dot will be seen in Instagram Direct as well as your friend list when you share a post from the feed.
According to Instagram, the dot will let you know when your friends are available to chat. It’s just a tad ironic that all three of these services are Facebook subsidiaries.
On Instagram, you can also choose to hide your own status as well as turn off the ability to know when your IG friends are online.