Instagram Rolls Out Disappearing Stories
Instagram today announced Instagram Stories, a new way to share photos and videos that is similar to Snapchat's Stories. With Stories, Instagram users can post as many photos and videos as they want throughout the day and customize them with text, stickers, and drawing tools. Instagram says the packaged Stories will disappear after 24 hours, and they won't be shown in user grids or feeds. Stories from people you follow will appear at the top of the screen, tapping the user's profile photo will take you to their Stories. Privacy settings in Stories mirror those of the main account, and Stories can be easily hidden when needed. Further, users can check to see who's viewed their Stories. Instagram says Stories will roll out to all Android and iOS users globally over the next few weeks.
Instagram Stories to Show Up In Explore Tab
Instagram today said it will begin to show Instagram Stories under the Explore tab in its mobile app. Instagram Stories, which are ephemeral like Snapchat posts, let people share everyday moments as photos and/or video clips strung together.
Instagram Gives Storytellers Stickers and Other Tools
Instagram today introduced more ways for people to dress up their Instagram stories. First, stickers are now available for stories.
Instagram Throws Boomerang Into Stories
Instagram today made its stories feature more fun and powerful with the addition of Boomerang and @mentions support. Moving forward, people using the stories function will be able to record Boomerangs directly within Instagram.
Instagram Bows Location and Hashtag Search
Instagram today made it easier to find story content in its mobile app based on location or interests/topics. A new story ring now appears at the top of the explore section.
Instagram Adds Geostickers to Stories
Instagram has taken a page from Snapchat and given users in New York City and Jakarta access to geostickers for their stories. Instagram says more than a dozen location-specific stickers are available for the two cities, allowing people to add context to their stories.