Instagram has formally launched its Chat Stickers in Stories—and this is coming barely one month after the feature was first reported by Jane Manchun Wong, a reverse engineer.
In an announcement made via its Twitter page, Instagram said the sticker offers an “easy way to start conversations with a group of friends right from your story.” It is a sure way to keep the conversation going, and to encourage more people to keep using the app. As with other features released in the last few years, the chat sticker is one that could further tighten the app’s stronghold in the market—ahead of Snapchat in particular.
The new sticker option is tagged “Chat” and allows anyone looking at a story request to join an Instagram group Direct Message conversation tied to the post. Though, everyone can send a request to join a chat group, the onus is on the original poster to either approve or reject the request. What this means is that you are in charge of saying yes or no to any request made by your follower or contact.
Introducing the new chat sticker in Stories. Now, there's an easy way to start conversations with a group of friends right from your story. pic.twitter.com/A1An7d9TjJ
— Instagram (@instagram) July 2, 2019
One unique feature of Instagram’s DM is the built-in one-to-one and one-to-many private messaging for its users. It is a unique selling point for the Facebook-owned app, and will continue to give it the edge when it comes to competition from its biggest rivals—including Snapchat.
A couple of months ago, Instagram launched the Quiz Sticker. Quiz stickers will be very useful for companies and radio/TV presenters who like to engage their followers online.
Instagram said you could use Quiz Stickers to do a number of things including asking your friends and followers multiple-choice questions. This, according to the Facebook subsidiary, will allow your followers or fans to know you even more.
Earlier in the year, Instagram added some new features to its version of Stories—countdown sticker, and question stickers. The stickers can be used in Live Videos and to share music recommendations.
In 2017, Instagram rolled out the “smiley face stickers” that allows you to add context to your story with stickers regardless of where you are or what you are up to. Once you take a photo or video, new stickers button will appear next to the text and drawing tools.
Tap the smiley face to find customizable stickers for weather, the current time, and your location. To add a location sticker to your photo or video, simply search for your location and choose from the list. People watching your story will be able to tap the sticker to learn more about the location. However, Instagram says your story won’t appear on the location page itself.