Though, not available to everyone yet, Instagram on Thursday added a new feature that will enable users reshare their friend’s stories. The new feature in my opinion will still take a while to get to everyone—how long this will depend on what the ephemeral photo sharing app decides.
Once a friend tags you in their stories, Instagram will send you a notification in your direct message thread with them. You will be able to tap and see your friend’s story as a sticker, which allows you to add some creative tweaks.
Credit, according to an Instagram post on Thursday, will be accorded to the original owner of the post. This, in my opinion sorts out the likely issues that might arise as a result of not giving credit to the original owner. “When your followers see your story, the original poster’s username will appear and will be tappable, so people can explore your friend’s profile as well.” Instagram said in a blog post.
Posts from private accounts are, however, excluded from ones that can be reshared. In other words, only posts from public accounts can be reshared in your friend’s story.
Just last month, Instagram announced a new update that lets users to quickly share their post as a sticker to their story for friends and followers to see.
To share a feed post to your story, all you have to do is to tap the paper airplane button below the post, same way you would when sending it via Direct. Sitting at the top is an option that enables you to create a story. Once you tap the button, you will see the feed post as a sticker with a customized background ready to share to your story. You have the option to rotate, scale and move sticker—and tap it to explore other styles.
One thing I think I like in the new update is that all posts shared to stories will display the username of the original poster. This lays to rest the issue of not giving credit to the original owner of a content. As a matter of fact, Instagram says you can tap a post in a user’s stories to check out the original post and see more from the original owner.
Just like the new reshare feature announced on Thursday, you can only share posts from public accounts. You can, however, choose to opt out if you don’t want your posts to be share by going to your Settings.
In other news, Instagram is reportedly working on an update that will let you post up to an hour-long video.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the Facebook subsidiary could soon allow you to post “long-form video.” Citing people familiar with the matter, the report said nothing is concluded yet, and Instagram could still decide against rolling out the feature.
However, it is interesting to know that the company is thinking along the line of bringing its service at per with YouTube and even its parent company Facebook.