After the testing period, now it’s official: Instagram now lets you share other people’s posts. Although it was speculated that Instagram would let you share posts to your profile, it is not the case after all. If you like what someone else posts and want to spread the word, you can only repost it to your Story.
The new feature works by turning a post you like into a sticker. When you see a feed post you like, you should tap the paper airplane icon below the post. You’ll see the option to create a story, tap it, and you’ll get a sticker with a customized background that you can share. You can adjust the sticker by rotating, moving and scaling it or tap it to explore other styles. But regardless of the modifications you make, all posts shared like Stories will show the username of the original poster.
Keep in mind that you can only share posts from public accounts. The feature is turned on by default, so people will be allowed to share your posts as Stories too. But if you want to turn it off, you can do it in the Settings. Instagram writes that the latest update is already available for Android and iOS users will have to wait a couple more days.
Instagram has certainly been working on new features lately. It now integrates third-party apps, enables video calls, and brings a lot of changes to Stories. It looks like it wants to become an app for everything, and funnily enough – it will soon tell you how much time you spend using the app.
As for sharing other users’ posts, I believe it can be a useful feature. It lets you spread the word about important, inspiring and beautiful stuff, discover new photographers and let perhaps let people discover you through other users’ stories. However, I’d prefer to see the originally mentioned “Regram” feature.