Instagram Stories gets more interactive with a new polling feature


It’s all about Stories; the feature has been hitting all the right chords since it was launched by Instagram in 2016. Now, it’s getting a new and exciting feature that will allow you to add a poll with a sticker. It means Instagram can be more interactive and not the one-way thing we have always known it to be.

“Whether you’re trying to plan tomorrow’s outfit, choosing which class to take or figuring out where to go for dinner, now it’s easy to share a two-option poll right in your story. After you’ve taken a photo or video for your story, select the “poll” sticker and place it anywhere you’d like — you can write out your own question and even customize the poll choices,” Instagram said in a blog post.

To add the polling sticker, simply drag and drop it onto your image in your story. Once this has been done, you will be presented with the option of customizing the question choices. Your followers or people viewing your story will be able to tap on a choice to vote. The feature also comes with the benefit of viewing the overall results. You can see the result for yourself by opening the viewers list for either the image or video on your story. You will be presented with the total votes, those who voted, as well as what they chose during the vote.

The ephemeral image sharing app also added an eyedropper tool, The Verge reports. The eyedropper tool will allow you to take colors to use on text and brushes. Also added, though for iOS users alone, is an alignment tool that makes it easy to center both text and stickers on your pictures.

When you choose a color for your text or drawing tool, you’ll see a new eyedropper icon at the far left. Use it to select any color from your photo or video and apply it to your text or drawing tool.

“Also, on iOS, when you position text or a sticker on your photo or video, new blue lines will appear to help you center it or avoid placing it anywhere that might get covered up when someone watches your story. And when you rotate text or a sticker, new guides will also help you snap your sticker back to horizontal,” the Facebook-owned company added.


Last week Instagram introduced some new tools to make comments more endurable. It means you now have more control over who can comment on your posts. The new update means you can limit comments to those who follow you or those you follow. The new tools also come with the ability to block specific people from commenting on your post.

Last year, the app introduced keyword filter that automatically filters specific words that are considered as offensive. To an extent, the tool was able to get rid of certain abusive words from your timeline, but the result wasn’t encouraging enough. You can choose your own list of words or use default words provided by Instagram.

Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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