Instagram is introducing a new feature that will limit the audience of the Stories you share. From now on, what you share in Stories can be displayed only to your close friends if you feel like sharing more personal stuff that’s not for everyone’s eyes.
If you want to share a story only with the specific audience, you can now create a Close Friends list. To add people to it, go to your profile and tap on “Close Friends” in the side menu. If you use Facebook, you may already be familiar with the concept of lists. And on Instagram, the rule is the same: only you can see the list and your friends can’t request that you add them. But, if you’re on someone’s list, you will see a green badge when you’re viewing their stories and a green ring around their profile photo in the Stories tray.
When you’ve created the list, you can share something to Stories and have the option to share it with just the people on the Close Friends list. Also, your list isn’t set in stone: you can adjust the Close Friends list anytime.
Something similar has existed on Facebook for quite some time, even though it’s only applied to the stuff you share on Timeline. Personally, I’ve made the most of it and created several lists. The majority of my posts can only be seen by close friends, considering that I’m not close enough with everyone I have in the main friends list. And I guess this is just one of many ways for Instagram to start looking more like its parent company.