Instagram has added some new features to its version of Stories—countdown sticker, and question stickers. The new stickers can be used in Live Videos and to share music recommendations. For the records, Instagram continues to add series of features to Stories as it seeks to reinvent a feature it copied from Snapchat.
The question sticker for one, will be very helpful to users considering the fact that they now respond to questions with music. Users can now choose to respond with a message or share a song to their story. When a song is shared, it opens up the camera for the user to take a photo or video as the music plays in the background. Instagram has now added new camera effects that will respond to music being played.
To better organize Q&A interactions, the ephemeral photo-sharing app is also adding question stickers to Live Videos. Questions chosen by a user streaming will be shown on-screen so that everyone can see which one of them is being answered. Questions, according to The Verge, can be asked before or during the Live Video, while streamers can now share photos and videos from their camera roll to their live video.
As the name suggests, countdown stickers are interactive stickers within stories that allows you to count down to an upcoming moment. Your friends will have the opportunity to tap the countdown to follow or share it to their own stories, and they will be notified when the countdown ends.
All features are already rolling out on iOS and Android operating systems from today, and will soon be widely available to all users.
Instagram is reportedly testing a feature that will give top influencers and celebrities the ability to filter direct DM. The new feature called Creator Accounts, will also offer detailed analytics over accounts following celebrities and top creators.
The feature, which offers tailor-made tools, is currently being tested by a handful of “high-profile” Instagram users. Creator Accounts is fashioned after the business-focused profiles the Facebook-owned company introduced in 2016.
Tools expected to be added to Creator Accounts according to the report, include growth insights, direct messaging tools, and flexible labels. A successful beta test will lead to a global roll out in 2019.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about Creator Accounts, Ashley Yuki, an Instagram product manager said the idea is to help creator community on the app. According to Yuki, the idea is to “create this space where we can now start to specialize the experience for the needs of creators.”
Earlier in the month, Instagram launched ‘Close Friends;’ a new feature that will let you share your stories with select group of friends. The tests actually commenced in June 2017, and was then referred to as ‘Favorite.’ However, not only has the test been successfully completed, the feature has now been renamed as ‘Close Friends.’