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Instagram planning to take on Yelp in future update

by Brandon Russell | March 22, 2017March 22, 2017 7:00 pm PDT

Instagram has evolved into a great place for creatives to display their work—something the platform aims to capitalize on in the future.

Bloomberg reports the service will take on Yelp by allowing users to book appointments with businesses. For example, if you see a haircut you like, you may be able to go to that salon’s Instagram profile and book an appointment. The movie is similar to features offered by OpenTable and Yelp.

Instagram plans to roll out the new feature over the coming months, providing business accounts with a way to measure engagement beyond likes and follows.

“When someone books an appointment, that’s not a ‘like’ or a ‘follow,’ that’s actual action,” Instagram’s James Quarles told Bloomberg.

An evolution

The new feature won’t change the platform’s core focus, but it does makes it a little more transactional. The new feature will create a more immediate connection between businesses and its followers.

Unsurprisingly, over 80-percent of Instagram users follow a business, according to Quarles, which explains why the new feature is on the way.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...