As I’m sure you are aware, Instagram recently followed in snapchats footsteps by implementing a story feature. This feature essentially allows you to share multiple pictures or videos to your Followers or fans, which will ‘disappear’ after 24 hours. Most of the population were unsure on how to react towards the introduction of Instagram stories, with some users being excited to test it out and others showing signs of dissapointment in the blatant mimic. In this article, we will be sharing a few useful pieces of information surrounding the latest Instagram feature.
In the past Instagram has been a huge advocate of privacy, not even allowing users to know who has viewed their video. With the new story feature being implemented, will Instagram keep viewers hidden for this too? Thankfully not! You will be able to see exactly who has viewed your Instagram story and here’s how to do it:
- Access the story interface – You can do this by navigating to your home feed and tapping the plus symbol in the top left corner. Alternatively, you can swipe from left to right.
- From here, you’ll be shown a small thumbnail of each picture or video that is currently on your story. Simply tap the eyeball icon and you’ll be given a list of every user that has seen each segment.
Another question that has been swirling through the minds of Instagram users is “Can I screenshot parts of an Instagram story?” The answer to this question is yes, and unlike the Snapchat version, no notification will be sent when you do. This works both ways though – you will not receive a notification if someone screenshots your story either.
With this being said, it’s obvious that you need to be extremely careful when updating your Instagram story, as anyone could take this picture without you knowing. Avoid posting anything too personal, especially when you have followers that you don’t personally know.
Another thing to note: If you receive a new follower, they will be able to see your current story until the full 24-hour period has passed, even if it was updated before they followed you. To avoid this, you could make your Instagram account private.
Regardless of how much usage this new feature receives, it’s obvious that Instagram plan to keep it, at least for the foreseeable future. Personally I think it needs some fine tuning to improve the safety and usability behind it, however it definitely has potential to be another feature that compliments the Instagram app as a whole. Are Instagram stories a good idea? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below!