The “online” button

The “online” button

Where did the “online” button go?

  • “Online” statuses on social media are not as common
  • Rise of async social media (almost content-catalogue like)
  • Instead, online green dots.
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Three kinds of online status documentation:

  • You'll see a green dot or a timestamp next to the profile picture of people you follow or have direct conversations with.
  • In your direct inbox, you'll see their most recent Activity status (example: Active 25m ago, Active yesterday, Seen, Typing...).
  • When you open a chat, you'll also be able to see activity (example: In the chat, In the camera).

How status updates work on Instagram:

  1. Background Activity: Instagram may continue to run in the background on your device, updating your activity status even when you are not actively using the app.
  2. Push notifications: If you have push notifications enabled for Instagram, the app may update your activity status when a notification is received.
  3. Third-party apps: Some third-party apps that are connected to your Instagram account can update your activity status, even if you are not actively using the app.
  4. Technical issues: There may be a temporary technical issue with Instagram's servers that is causing your activity status to be incorrect.