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.
Earlier this year, Instagram started testing out screenshot alerts for Stories (yeah, just like the feature on Snapchat). The test phase lasted for a couple of months, and now Instagram has decided not to roll it out after all. So, if you have been getting screenshot alerts so far – you no longer will.
It was only a couple of months that Instagram seemed to be playing around with the idea of sharing posts from other peoples feeds onto your own. And, of course, the opposite, to allow others to share your work on their feeds. That doesn’t seem to have come to the masses yet, and it may never. What seems more likely and what they’re testing now, according to TechCrunch, is sharing posts to stories.
Instagram Stories has been wildly popular since it launched a little over a year ago. It’s developed since then into a fantastic tool for Instagrammers to get more involved with their community. YouTube seems to have taken note of this, and are currently testing out “Reels”, according to their Creator Blog. It’s their take on this popular feature.
There are a number of differences between Reels and the way existing Stories-style features work. For a start, the clips don’t get automatically deleted. You can also create multiple reels to separate content by topic, event, or whatever you like.
When Instagram stories landed in August, it was an instant hit. Every day, I load up Instagram to see stories being constantly updated with new stuff. Now, Instagram are expanding the capability of Stories by offering live streaming. Live streaming is a feature that’s proven to be wildly popular for Facebook, and is sure to be a big attraction to Instagram users.
When somebody you follow starts a “live story”, you’ll see “Live” written under their profile photo in the stories bar. During the broadcast you can comment and like as much as you want. You can also check out new live stories through Explore.
No longer do you have to worry over whether you’re spamming you stream with too many images. Introduced today, Instagram Stories lets you share moments of your day, grouped together as a slideshow.
Interestingly, at a time when SnapChat is adding features to make content a little more permanent, Instagram Stories seems to be going the other way. Photos and videos get removed after 24 hours and don’t appear on your profile grid or in your feed. Instead, you’ll see stories from people you follow across a bar at the top of your feed.