Instagram is one of the most popular and SEO-driven social media platforms these days. With over 400 million daily active users, the platform has a lot to offer to individuals as well as brands. However, with the growth and advancement in various features and services provided by competitors, Instagram can’t stay behind in the race. This yearning for perfection and increase in popularity has led to the latest development in Instagram - ‘Instagram Stories’.
Using Instagram Stories‘Stories’ provides Instagrammers with a platform to share their photos and videos at a higher occurrence. While the usual posts require careful planning, editing, #hashtagging, in order to generate Instagram likes, ‘Stories’ allows users to capture little life moments and share with their friends and Instagram followers.
- Tap on the plus button found on the top left-hand corner of your screen.
- Take a picture by tapping the button or record a quick video by pressing and holding on to the round button for about 10 seconds.
- Edit the post, add a text, doodle on your picture or swipe to the right for selecting a simple color filter. Use one of the three pens for editing (the third one is for adding a touch of neon to your post).
- Tap ‘Done’ to save.
- Tap the ‘Checkmark’ to share.
Instagram came up with this feature as a solution to over-posting. ‘Stories’ live in a distinct space, and users can post as much and as frequently as they want without distressing about over-flooding their friends’ and followers’ feeds or filling up their profile page.
Many have been debating over the fact that the ‘Story’ concept of Instagram is not new. It is, in fact, almost the same as ‘My Story’ feature offered by another social media platform ‘Snapchat.’ However, users who have experienced both, claim that Instagram may simply been inspired by the concept. They have definitely made it better and smarter. Here’s what you should know about the various features of ‘Stories’:
- Users can upload photos, short videos, Hyperlapses, and Boomerangs, too.
- There are seven filters to use from, though Instagram is more likely to increase them now that ‘Stories’ is a success.
- Steering through stories is super convenient. While cruising through the stories of your friends, swipe right to go to former story, go left to get the following story and tap on the screen to skip a story.
- You can choose who sees your story and who doesn’t by going to ‘Story Settings’ from the menu and then tapping on ‘Hide My Story From’.
- Instead of commenting on a story, you can send a direct message to your friend from their story, telling them what you think.
- You can also limit who you want to be able to comment on your story and who you don’t.
- You can ‘Save’ your story by clicking on the three dots on the bottom right of the photo or video. This prevents it from disappearing forever once the 24 hours limit is up.
Each social network has its distinguishing factor, and Instagram has always been a platform to bring the most striking moments of your life. Thus, using Instagram ‘Stories’ smartly and wisely can be a lot fun for new and existing users of Instagram.