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Instagram 3.0 covers new ground with Photo Maps

Users can browse and display photos by location with the photo-sharing app's new mapping feature. So pay attention to those geotags!


Instagram users can now display their photos by location with a new mapping feature, utilizing the app's geolocation abilities to visually showcase where photos were taken.

The company rolled out the new feature today, along with other tweaks to the app's interface, in the new version 3.0 for both Android and iOS devices.

Instagram seems to have paid careful attention to ensuring that users who don't want to mark their location can avoid it from the start.

When using the mapping feature for the first time, people will be able to select which of the photos they previously tagged with geolocation to display on the map. After that initial mapping, users will be able to turn the option on or off each time they upload a photo.

Users can remove a location marker from a photo at any time.

Other updates include bigger grid photos and larger text boxes for captions -- to allow for longer captions -- and a quick way to report individual comments as abuse or spam. Instagram also promises a faster and more responsive app.

All of these improvements add to a better browsing experience, according to the company's blog.

"We've introduced a new and unique way to browse your photos and others' photos on a map, which means you're no longer constrained to browsing through page after page of photos," the blog reads.

The photo-sharing company is in the midst of a proposed $1 billion cash-and-stock acquisition by Facebook, although the price tag has fallen considerably with the decline of Facebook's stock. The social-networking giant is pulling out all the stops to make sure Instagram's network, including more than 80 million users, is tucked under its belt soon.