Instagram has today rolled out a new feature to let users see when their friends are on the platform and available to chat.
Detailed in a blog post, Instagram shared that users will now see a green dot in the bottom right portion of profile photos to indicate a user’s status.
When your friends are active on Instagram, you’ll see a green dot next to their profile picture in various spaces within the app, including the Direct inbox and your friend list when you share a post from feed.
The status indicator will only show up for your followers or users who you’ve chatted with in Direct.
Instagram notes that you can turn off the feature at any time.
You can easily hide your own status and turn off the ability to see when your friends are active in your settings.
Instagram hopes the new status feature will make it more fun to chat on the platform when users know if friends are immediately available.
Instagram is a free download from the App Store.