Your Friends Can Now See When You're Active on Instagram

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Instagram announced a new feature that allows your friends to see when you're online, giving them the opportunity to shoot you a DM and expect an immediate answer. According to Instagram, this is a good thing.

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Of course, the new feature also allows you to see when you're friends are active on the app—taking your stalker status up a notch.

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When someone's currently using Instagram, a green dot will appear next to their profile picture in multiple spaces within the app. You'll only be able to see the status for friends who follow you or the people who you have talked to via Direct Messaging.

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The best part of the new feature is the ability to turn it off. Simply go to Activity Status in Settings, and turn off Show Activity Status, and life can resume as normal.