When you come across something in feed that inspires you — like a post from a friend raising money for a cause or a photo of a new design from your favorite brand — you can now quickly share that post as a sticker to your story for your friends and followers to see.
The Facebook subsidiary rolled out the new update on Thursday, which sort of changes the way you have always used Stories.
Instagram wants to make its own version of Stories even more popular—the ephemeral photo-sharing app is adding a new way to share feed posts as stickers to your stories. So, when you come across any posts in news feed that you find inspiring, then you can share it to Stories.
Here is how to share a feed post to your story: simply 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.
Instagram will only allow you to share posts from public accounts, which means you won’t be able to share from those users that have set their accounts to private. If you don’t want your posts to be share by other users, simply opt out in Settings.
The new update is not yet available on iOS, but Android users can start sharing feed posts to their stories from today.
Recently, Instagram launched a tool within its main app called ‘Focus.’ Focus is a tool that allows you to take portraits of yourself or friends and then share it. The good thing about this tool is that it works even for all those whose phones don’t have a portrait setting.
Focus is easy to use—open your Instagram Story and swipe to the option beneath the “Record” button—next to “Superzoom”. Once done, simply focus your camera on a person and the photo will automatically bring the person into focus; but of course, the background will be burred. You can add filters after taking artistic selfies or even videos that you like.
Focus is available as part of Instagram version 39.0 for iOS in the Apple App Store, and also for Android where you can download or update in the Play Store.