Instagram has introduced a new feature to encourage you to post more often — and the tool is very Snapchat-esque, to say the least.
Dubbed Instagram Stories, the feature is meant to capture your daily photos and videos in a slideshow format. The images are not published to your profile; instead, they disappear after 24 hours has elapsed.
“With Instagram Stories, you don’t have to worry about overposting,” Instagram said in a blog post. “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.”
Stories from people you follow can be found in the bar at the top of your feed. When something new has been uploaded, the profile photo of the poster will be designated with a colorful ring around it.
To check out a story, simply tap on the user’s profile photo. To leave a comment, your only option is to send a private message to that person on Instagram Direct. Likes and public comments are only available on regular posts.
Your stories will adhere to the privacy settings of your account. For example, if your account is set to private, your story will only be visible to your followers. You also have the option of hiding your entire story from anyone you choose, even if they follow you.
“When watching your own story, swipe up to check out who’s seen each photo and video,” Instagram added. “You can even choose to feature a particular part of your story by posting it on your profile.”
Instagram Stories is rolling out globally over the next few weeks to iOS and Android users.