Hmmmm, Today Instagram amazed alot of us when it launched a new feature called ‘Stories.’ Now immediately you might think of Snapchat Stories, is this a copycat move? let’s find out.
Instagram Stories lets uses share photos/videos or rather those interesting moments, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile. As you share multiple photos/videos, they appear together in a slideshow format.
With Instagram Stories, you don’t have to worry about overposting. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want. You can bring your story to life in new ways with text and drawing tools ‘like on Snappchat.’ And those phots/videos will disappear after 24 hours from your your feed.
You’ll see stories from people you follow in a bar at the top of your feed — from your best friends to your favorite popular accounts. When there’s something new to see, their profile photo will have a colorful ring around it.
To view someone’s story, just tap on their profile photo. It’s easy to view stories at your own pace: tap to go back and forward or swipe to jump to another person’s story. If you want to comment on something you see, you can tap and send a private message to that person on Instagram Direct. Unlike regular posts, there are no likes or public comments.
Your story follows the privacy settings of your account. If you set your account to private, your story is visible only to your followers. However, you can also easily hide your entire story from anyone you don’t want to see it, even if they follow you. When watching your own story, swipe up to check out who’s seen each photo and video. You can even choose to feature a particular part of your story by posting it on your profile.
Instagram Stories will be rolling out over the next few weeks on the mobile Instagram app for iOS and Android.