Instagram is rolling out amazing new features to its Stories format, including a brand new countdown sticker, and new question stickers that can be used in Live streams or to share song recommendations.
The latter is best defined as “all of the current Instagram Story features remixed into each other,” which seems necessary given how many there are now.
The question sticker will become more accomplished today, as people on Instagram can now reply to the questions with music. By tapping on a viewer’s response you can play the song they recommended, and users can decide to answer with a direct message or share the recommended song to their own story. Choosing to share a song reply opens up the Instagram camera for the user to catch a picture or video as the song plays in the background, and there is also extra camera effects that will return to the music being played.
New question stickers are also being added to Live videos to improve the stream and organize the Q&A interactions. Previously, questions could be missed inside the disordered chat stream, but with this new update, questions accepted by the user streaming will be displayed on-screen, so all users and viewers can understand which questions are being responded. Questions can be asked on the user’s Live stream before and during the Live video, and streamers can now also share pictures and videos from their camera roll to their followers on live video.
As you may already know, countdowns are interactive stickers in Stories which let you count down to upcoming events that could be as important as your birthday, or as meager as the end of a workday. Creating a countdown sticker on your Instagram story will let you keep it in your sticker tray to reuse until your countdown finishes. Your followers can tap the countdown to share or follow it, and Instagram will notify them when your countdown ends.
The updates are rolling out on Android and iOS today.