These days it seems as if all forms of social media are borrowing select aspects from each other’s platforms, as Instagram has just announced a new feature that is eerily similar to Snapchat. Over the next few weeks, Instagram will be rolling out “Instagram Stories,” which will allow users to share given moments from their day.
Much like Snapchat, multiple moments can be posted, and they will in turn appear in a slideshow format for all followers to see. The moments won’t overload your page, however, as they are only available for viewing for 24 hours, and they will not appear on your profile grid or your feed. Also like Snapchat, you can edit your moments with text and various drawing tools to further liven up the imagery.
Stories from people you follow will appear in a bar at the top of your feed, and when something new is posted, that particular user’s profile photo will have a colorful ring around it. If you like something you see, or feel the need to respond/comment, you can tap and send a private message to that person via Instagram Direct. There are no likes or public comments, however.
If you’re really into something in particular that you have posted to your story, you can choose to feature that moment by posting it on your profile.
Again, look forward to Instagram making the new “Stories” feature available globally in the coming weeks.