Enrich, support yourself: Instagram may consider charging a fee to add links to photo captions, a patent application proposes. Mike Murphy discovered it as part of his (exciting) weekly collection technological patents Protocol.
The patent application, first filed by parent company Instagram in 2016, shows a pop-up window when the user adds a URL to a caption, asking if the user wants to pay $ 2 to make the link live.
The patent application (entitled “Adding Paid Links to Multimedia Captions to a Social Networking System”) describes how the system works: “If the web site detects the text content of the caption contains a series of link text identifying an address, the web site The system asks the posting user to pay a fee in exchange for linking. “
This, of course, has long been one of the biggest complaints about Instagram: that if you want to include a link to a story, product, or anything else in your post, you can not add URLs to photo captions. Most people go to the “resume link” path and Insta verified users can add links to Stories. The question here will be whether Instagram influencers, brand names and other users will be willing to pay a fee per link. However, it seems that you do not need to generate revenue for Instagram if it comes into force.
However, as with any patent, it is important to note that companies apply for patents all the time for products and services that never bear fruit, so there is no indication of whether or when this feature could occur. You may not spend this new selfie stick yet.