Insta users can now post a story and not worry about having to download it if they want to view it after the 24-hour mark.
Instagram has two new features that put more emphasis on its massively popular "Stories", the Snapchat clone that lets you share ephemeral videos with your followers. It will reside just underneath an Instagram user's profile bio and it will allow for users to add several different Stories into one highlight. Then select clips from your archived stories, choose a thumbnail for your story, and give it a name (for example, "puppers" from the previous example).
The Stories feature is used by 300 million people each day, and while it has always been possible to save individual Stories the process is now fully automated.
A new update will add Stories Highlights and Stories Archive to the app, to automatically save stories once they "expire" and give users the option to resurrect them in a new section.
Thank goodness, because this is what Instagram Stories didn't have that Snapchat does. You can add them to your main feed, for instance, or use them to add to the highlights section of your profile - alternatively, you can turn off the archive feature entirely. From there, you can easily switch between your Posts Archive and your new Stories Archive.
Instagram is working on several other new features, and reportedly inviting people to test the beta version of its Android and iOS apps. You'll then be prompted to select stories from your archive.
The platform said a lot of users were downloading their stories but a usual complaint was that it was gone before they had the chance to save it to their phone.
Highlights can be edited or removed at any time; to do this, tap and hold the highlight you with to edit. From there, you can add it to your story, share it as a post or add it to a highlight on your profile. "This makes it easy for you to revisit your favorite moments later on or bring them back to life in a highlight", the company explained on its blog. To create a Stories Highlight, tap on the "New" circle on the far left, and choose any of the stories from your archives.
The private archive feature will be available to all users starting from today. Unlike traditional stories, highlights don't disappear after 24 hours, they only go away after you delete them.
The other Instagram update is related to its new Stories archive.
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