Instagram says it has unveiled Instagram Stories for users to share multiple photos and videos that appear together in a slideshow format called ‘your story.’
According to Instagram, the new feature will enable users to share all the moments of their day and not only the ones they want to keep on their profile because “you don’t have to worry about over-posting.”
Instagram says that “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.”
With the Instagram Stories, which will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks on iOS and Android, the social media platform says that you will see stories from people you follow in a bar at the top of your feed, from your best friends to your favorite popular accounts. “When there’s something new to see, their profile photo will have a colorful ring around it”, Instagram says.
Instagram further explains that to view someone’s story, users just need to tap on their profile photo. “It’s easy to view stories at your own pace: tap to go back and forward or swipe to jump to another person’s story. If you want to comment on something you see, you can tap and send a private message to that person on Instagram Direct. Unlike regular posts, there are no likes or public comments.
“Your story follows the privacy settings of your account. If you set your account to private, your story is visible only to your followers. However, you can also easily hide your entire story from anyone you don’t want to see it, even if they follow you. When watching your own story, swipe up to check out who’s seen each photo and video. You can even choose to feature a particular part of your story by posting it on your profile,” according to Instagram.