Instagram introduces "Stories"

Everything was going as usual on the social media radar until came an update from Instagram on Aug 2, 2016 about their latest "Stories" feature. Yes, you heard it right. Stories, another way of sharing your social media updates in the form of stories on Instagram is here. Oh wait! We already we were doing something similar on Snapchat right?

Instagram Stories

As per the blog post by Instagram, it says:

Today, we’re introducing Instagram Stories, a new feature that lets you share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile. As you share multiple photos and videos, they appear together in a slideshow format: your story.

With Instagram Stories, you don’t have to worry about overposting. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want. You can bring your story to life in new ways with text and drawing tools. The photos and videos will disappear after 24 hours and won’t appear on your profile grid or in feed. Instagram Stories will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks on iOS and Android. read more.

The whole Twitter community seems to be reacting to it after people came to know about Instagram Stories. Some of those were like:

Check #InstagramStories on Twitter for some really hilarious reactions.

And today morning I received the Instagram update in which the "Stories" feature was active. Tried my hands on posting few stories & it was quick.

Whats similarities you will notice?

  • The stories stay for 24 hrs
  • Length: 10 secs max
  • Tap to view stories & keep tapping to move it forward
  • You can add text, emojis, swipe filters
  • Saving option is available
  • One can reply to the stories via DM
  • You can see who viewed your stories

What is different?

  • The stories doesn't have a dedicated tab just like Snapchat.
  • Latest stories will appear at the top in the row
  • You can choose to hide stories from certain people if you want
  • Set message replies criteria from the options like: Everyone, People you follow or you can turn it off
  • You can press & hold to pause the stories
  • The location filters, lens filters, stickers are not available
  • You can save your individual story but not a complete slideshow of your stories

Its all about time. Lets wait & watch what Instagram is upto & where does it takes their Stories feature. What are your views about Instagram Stories? If you have any views, feel free to share it with me.