Can you imagine paying to see Instagram Stories? Well, the option is just around the corner. After some reports from earlier this year, it looks like Instagram is now just a step away from launching its own paid subscription service.
App store analysts Sensor Tower and AppTopia have spotted “Instagram Subscriptions” within the US app. It’s nested under in-app purchases, with prices ranging from $0.99 to $4.99.
Still, it’s not quite clear what this feature includes. What I think is that it’s something like Patreon or YouTube’s “Join” feature. Both let you support a creator with a monthly donation. In return, you have access to exclusive content, or you see the regular content before other users.
It’s possible that Instagram’s subscriptions are what we saw earlier with Alessandro Paluzzi’s discovery. This mobile developer and reverse engineer was the first to spot “Exclusive Stories.” It’s likely that these are the Stories only paying fans would be able to access. Still, it’s possible that creators will also be able to post other content for their paying followers.
For now, Instagram isn’t willing to comment on the upcoming features and its new in-app purchases, according to TechCrunch. Still, considering that many apps offer paid subscriptions, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it on Instagram really soon, and I’m sure it will be global.
[via Digital Trends]