With 250 million daily active users, there is no gainsaying that Instagram Stories is hugely popular—and even more popular than Snapchat’s version. In line with adding quality features and releasing updates that will make Stories more attractive to people, Instagram is now making it possible for you to share a story through Direct messages. Prior to Tuesday’s update, it was not possible for users to share their stories via DMs.
Sharing your story via Direct Message is very easy: simply tap the Direct icon at the bottom of the screen while viewing one and select a group of friend to share it with. Of course, there are restrictions—and that’s according to TNW.
The restrictions are not ones you are not already familiar with—the share stories will only last as long as your original post. What that means is that it will disappear from your DM within 24 hours of posting it. However, you can choose to disable DM sharing in your settings if you don’t want your stories shared with your friends or groups. You can set your Instagram account to private, which of course, prevents your stories from being shared with those you don’t follow.
The feature is not yet available on both iOS and Android at the moment, but should be in the next couple of days.
A couple of weeks back, Instagram announced that its own version of Stories, which the company copied from Snapchat a year ago will now be available on web. It means you can now view what your friends are doing at the moment on Instagram.com.
Interestingly too, Instagram also announced that users will be able to post their stories on the web version in the coming months. So, be on the lookout because pretty soon you will be able to do what you love doing via mobile on the web version of the platform. It makes things easy actually, and also means you will no longer be restricted to doing what you love the most on mobile.
Just like you have on the mobile version of the service, Instagram Stories will appear at the top of the page when viewing the web version. To view a Story, simple tap on the small arrow icons to either advance or go back.
Stories, according to Bloomberg, is used by over 80 percent of users outside the US. This perhaps, gives the clearest reason behind the company’s decision to add the web version of the feature. As a matter of fact, internet connection in emerging markets is not as strong in countries like the US. More people visit the web version of Instagram not using the mobile app in emerging markets.
Instagram Stories was added in August 2016, and has continued to surpass expectations and smash records. While Snapchat holds the record of being the first social media company to launch Stories, memories of that achievement is soon fading away as Instagram continues to reinvent the feature.