Instagram wants to make it easier for you to find the Stories you are seeking.
The Facebook-owned firm has introduced new features that allow you to search for stories using a location or hashtag.
“You’ll see a new story ring at the top of Explore filled with stories happening near you. These stories come from people who have used location stickers on their stories,” Instagram said in a blog post. “You can also search for any location around the world, and you’ll see a story ring for that place at the top of the location page.”
Hashtag stories, which will also appear on Explore, will help you discover stories that are relevant to you. Upon searching for a hashtag, a story ring may appear at the top of the page with stories using that hashtag.
You can also add a location sticker or hashtag to your story, which may mean you’ll be included in the larger story.
“If your story is added, you’ll see a line at the top of your stories viewer list showing how many people saw it in the larger story,” Instagram said. “If you want to use a location or hashtag sticker but don’t want your story to appear on Explore, tap the X on your stories viewer list.”
Location stories on Explore are available to iOS and Android users now while hashtag stories will roll out over the coming weeks.