The war on social media has officially begun! On August 2, 2016, Instagram released an update to the programme that appeared very (and bizarrely) familiar to many users: Instagram Stories. Yes, similar to how Snapchat users can now make their own “Stories,” Instagram users may also do the same thing. This is a problem for users, especially if they prefer not to post the same thing on many social networking sites. Social media platform will be most popular
Snapchat’s popularity has been growing for a while, and Facebook has taken note. In 2014, Facebook made an offer to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion. CEO of Snapchat, Evan Speigl, turned down the offer and pressed on with his mission to expand the company he co-founded. Instagram is presently owned by Facebook, and it appears that with this change, Facebook is aiming to provide its users with functionality analogous to that of Snapchat.
Learn the ins and outs of using Instagram Stories right now!
How Instagram Stories Work
Instagram Stories require a recent app update before they can be seen. The Instagram homepage has just been redesigned. In the image below, the modified areas are shown in red.
Your friends’ pictures and usernames who have posted a story within the previous 24 hours will appear at the very top. Like Snapchat, you may browse a user’s story by selecting their profile and clicking on their name. Like Snapchat, once you’ve finished watching the tale of the follower you clicked on, you’ll be taken to the next story automatically. When a follower posts an image or video to their story that you have not seen before, a coloured circle will appear around them. If the user’s profile picture is surrounded by a blank white circle, you have previously seen their whole profile. A user’s narrative can be seen as many times as they like until it is removed.
Inventing a Narrative
Simply tap the plus button on Instagram’s main page to start making your own story.
This will activate the camera so you may take a picture or record a short movie. You may toggle the flash on and off and switch to front-facing mode at the screen’s bottom. You may record short videos or take still images with the centre button.
After snapping a picture, you may add some unique touches. To add subtitles to your media, choose the ‘Aa’ symbol. Click the marker to access a palette of vibrant colours and a variety of expressive pens with which to annotate your image. Swiping to the left also reveals a small selection of available filters. Select the checkbox when you’re ready to publish.
You may access these preferences by selecting your article from the main feed. First, you’ll get a look at the same image that readers of your tale will see. To open the menu of options, click the three dots in the upper right corner.
You may choose to remove the photo from your story, download it to your device, publish it to your profile, or adjust your Story Settings from this window. You may restrict who can see your tale and whether or not they can respond to it by clicking on tale Settings.
Because of the similarities between Snapchat and Instagram Stories, it’s clear that both are simple to make and utilise. Some Snapchat users simply cannot get enough of the app’s signature face filters, which is one of the app’s few remaining selling points. Instagram Stories just have overlay filters for now, but who knows what they’ll add in the future.