The social media landscape has changed a lot from the days when Instagram was just a baby. Now we have Kik, Snapchat, Twitter and of course Facebook. Following the lead of Snapchat, Instagram will start its own version of Stories. It will be called.. wait for it… Instagram Stories. The new feature will let you share all the moments of your day. These will not just the ones you want to keep on your profile. The multiple photos and videos will appear together in a slideshow. This slideshow is your story. You can put text and drawing tools over your pictures. The photos and videos will disappear after 24 hours and won’t appear on your profile grid or in feeds.
Your story follows the privacy settings of your account. So people who you let follow you will see your stories. Your profile photo will have a colorful ring around it when there’s something new to see. When you see it just tap on their profile photo. Keep in mind that people can comment by sending you private messages via Instagram Direct. Unlike regular posts, there are no likes or public comments. Just like Snapchat when watching your own story you can check out who’s seen each photo and video. You will have the option to choose any part of your story and post it to your profile. Instagram Stories will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks on iOS and Android.