Instagram has confirmed to TechCrunch that it is developing a new ‘Vertical Stories’ feed. The vertical stories feed when launched, could make the app look very much like TikTok. The best part of vertical swiping us that it enriches your experience while using Instagram, and works much better than taps and horizontal flicks.
Chances are that Instagram would accord greater priority to video posts over images in order to effectively compete with TikTok. Competing with TikTok is pretty much what everyone does these days; and the vertical stories feed could be the real deal.
Confirming the test to TechCrunch, an Instagram spokesperson said: “This is an early prototype and is not currently testing on Instagram.” While a prototype does not necessarily confirm that the feature will eventually be rolled out, it does give us an idea of what the company is planning to do.
In other news, Instagram wants to give you the chance to bring back deleted posts. The social media giant is doing this by adding a “recently deleted” feature, which will make it possible for you to recall deleted posts.
With the “recently deleted” post feature, you will be able to view content previously deleted. Among content you will be able to recover are videos, stories, photos, reels, and IGTV videos. To be able to access this feature, you will have to confirm ownership of the account through text or email. Once this is done, you will be able to permanently delete or restore content.
All deleted items according to The Verge, will stay in the folder for 30 days, and if left untouched, they will be automatically deleted. However, this is slightly different with deleted stories; they will only stay in the deleted section for 24 hours before they are permanently removed. To access the folder, simply navigate to Settings > Account > Recently Deleted.
The recently deleted feature has already started rolling out to users. Though, Instagram already offers users an archive, this new feature gives an additional option when it comes to recalling deleted posts.
A couple of months ago, Instagram brought a couple of changes to its home screen—something the company rarely does. For those who have been using the app for a long time, it is difficult to remember the last time the home screen was tweaked. In a new redesign, the Facebook-owned app has added Reels and Shop tabs to the home screen.
The decision to add Reels to the home screen is probably borne of the fact that the feature needed to be more visible to users. Reels, Instagram’s own big response to TikTok allows users to share short clip with friends. The feature is gradually getting all the attention partly due to the fact that TikTok is currently faced with some privacy issues in India and the US.