Just when you thought you were on top of all things social media, one of the most popular social networks decides to switch it up. Say hello to Instagram Stories, the latest update to the photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service. Stories lets you take multiple photos and videos, appearing together in a slideshow format, that will disappear after 24 hours.
Still confused? Here’s all you need to know about Instagram Stories and how they’ll work for you.
Stories appear in a bar at the top of your feed. When there’s something new to see, their profile photo will have a colorful ring around it.
How do I view stories?
To view someone’s story, you simply need to tap on their profile photo, and their story will show you anything they’ve posted in the last 24 hours. Once you’re viewing a story, you can tap to go back and forward or swipe to jump to another person’s story. There are no likes or public comments, but you can leave a comment that will send to that user as a private message or DM (direct message).
How do I create a story?
To create a story on Instagram, tap the “+” icon at the top left-hand corner of the screen, or you can reveal the camera by swiping right. Photos and videos are taken the same way you normally would on Instagram. After you’ve taken a photo or recorded a video, you have the option to use filters or add text and drawings.
Can I see who looks at my story?
After you post a story, you can view basic analytics by swiping up. This will show you how many times each post in your story has been viewed and by who.
You can choose to feature a particular part of your story by posting it on your profile so it will appear within the feed. To do this, tap the upload button.
What about privacy?
Your Instagram Story has the same privacy settings as your account. If you set your account to private, your story is visible only to your followers. You can also hide your entire story from anyone you don’t want to see it, even if they follow you.
Why is this different and better than Snap Chat?
We’re all still trying to figure that out – it’s obvious that Instagram basically copied SC to steal it’s users and keep on their own platform, but they’re missing the beloved filters, AND your “stories” are not in order, they just randomly go up…so…we’re still on the fence as to if it’s better than SC yet. However, we HAVE seen that there is more engagement and views on stories. Hm… to be continued.
For more tips and tricks, check out the Instagram blog.