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Instagram’s Biggest News Since Dropping The Square | Multiple Account Support

By Kishore Sawh on February 8th 2016

Instagram is, as I’ve said before, the quintessential expression of modern photography trends from the curatorial to the editorial; It isn’t an image museum as Flickr is, but where the producers and consumers are, in real time. Some of those people are the photographers of yesterday and the avant-garde ones of today who will be the names of tomorrow.

With a valuation in the tens of billions, it’s both playground and workplace to many, but one of the major points of contention, is the inability to separate the two within Instagram itself. In other words, many have wanted to have multiple accounts splitting personal and professional use, but have not done so because Instagram has, historically, made it cumbersome to switch between accounts, and thus difficult to manage. It was almost as if Instagram was inferring through stubbornness that they wanted you to only have one account and just figure out how to employ it for that way. But clearly the voices against this decision were loud enough because now it’s changed.

Well, in fact, many Android users have enjoyed the ability to quickly and easily manage multiple accounts for months now, and the ubiquitous photo sharing platform has been quietly rolling out this ability to iOS users recently, culminating in an official announcement today.

“Starting this week, you can quickly and easily switch between multiple accounts on Instagram!

Go to your profile settings to add an additional account. From there, tap your username at the top of your profile to switch between accounts. Once you have multiple accounts added, you’ll see your profile photo appear in places throughout the app so you can always tell which one you’re using at the moment.”


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It’s all rather straightforward to use, and to set up, nothing strenuous either. You can see the set of instructions here. I hardly use Instagram to publish imagery, but I consume much on there. This is because I fall into the category above, where I would like to separate my personal from business work, and this, this is probably just the ticket I need to actually take advantage of what Instagram’s got on tap.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Trisha Grinstead

    Now if only such would be possible with my Windows phone. Can’t wait until I am eligible for an upgrade.

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  2. Gareth Roughley

    I think I’m correct in saying that Facebook owns Instagram. As a business page owner on facebook it is almost impossible to get comments and views on posts without now having to pay. They have taken away the organic way the followers and likers of pages used to see our work to make money. In allowing business accounts on Instagram it seems to me that they are paving the way for monetizing the site in exactly the same way. I for one will not be creating a business account because I can’t see it holding any future value down the road. In many ways my wife and I actually create a lot of professional work from our personal projects that we post on Instagram. So again a pro account holds no value.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Well Gareth, I think there’s some sense to how you’re thinking. It would be prudent, however, to remember the specificity here in that Instagram isn’t creating a varied type of page for businesses, but simply allows a single user to manage more than one account – which will get used in the capacity of balancing personal and work accounts.

      That said, They may very well intend for this to be a stepping stone into that business model, but it’s not here yet. Time will tell as always…

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    • Stephen Jennings

      That’s where I see it going, I figured since they started advertising and such. Facebook organic reach is deplorable, and even as hard as they try to give you all the tools to nail down your target market.. it just doesn’t seem very efficient.. sooo many fake accounts out there.

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