Instagram’s weather-inspired filters are here to add more fun ways to express yourself. The company announced addition of the new filters on Thursday alongside a new update to its Stories feature, which will now be available on the web. The new weather-inspired filters include “happy sun,” a “sad raincloud,” an “angry thunderstorm” and a “laid-back sun.”
“Today, we’re rolling out a fun way to express how you’re feeling with weather-inspired face filters. Now, you can share your emotions through a happy sun, a sad raincloud, an angry thunderstorm or a laid-back sun,” Instagram announced.
The mood changes once the filter has been selected—giving you the opportunity to combine the weather-inspired face filters with other creative tools. Once done with selecting a filter of your choice, you can then send it to your friends or add it to your stories.
The new filters are gradually being rolled out to all iOS and Android users—and may take a while before it goes round to everyone. So, if you haven’t seen it on your phone, just be a bit more patient because it will eventually show. Alternatively, you can visit either the Apple App Store for the iPhone version and Google Play for the Android version to update the app.
Face filters are available as part of Instagram version 10.21 and higher for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.
Instagram rolled out filters in a move many people described as another way of cloning Snapchat. Compared with Snapchat’s filters, Instagram’s face filters are easier to use, and don’t cause as much distortion on your face.
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.
The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app recently announced a new milestone; it now has 250 million daily active users. This is impressive considering the fact that the company recently announced that it had 200 million daily active users. The sheer number of people who daily visit and use the feature daily is simply phenomenal when you consider the fact that it’s only one-year-old.
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.