Instagram’s latest Stories feature lets users post several photos on one screen. The feature named Layout is set to be released worldwide and users will be allowed to incorporate a maximum of six pictures on one story.
It is not a complicated feature since several 3rd-party story-editing apps provide something identical. Inside Instagram, the only way you could do something similar in the past was to copy a picture from a gallery and have it pasted into a text box.
This feature shows Instagram’s strengths because even if this layout too might be attractive from 3rd-party apps, as soon as Instagram adds it into its own app, a lot of users will no longer find another company useful. It is almost like Instagram’s Boomerang feature that ended the demand for gif-creating applications.
Instagram keeps working on fresh features for Stories, especially with its new Create mode, which aids the creation of content beyond only pictures. It comes with a typing mode, templates with conversation prompts, throwback posts and so on.
Create mode was unveiled 2 months ago and it is already big, so while it is not shocking that Instagram is still working on it, it also presents more choices for users.
More Information About Instagram:
Instagram (also known as IG or Insta) is a photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and launched in October 2010 exclusively on iOS.
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A version for Android devices was released a year and a half later, in April 2012, followed by a feature-limited website interface in November 2012, and apps for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 in April 2016 and October 2016 respectively.
The app allows users to upload photos and videos to the service, which can be edited with various filters, and organized with tags and location information.
An account’s posts can be shared publicly or with pre-approved followers. Users can browse other users’ content by tags and locations, and view trending content. Users can “like” photos, and follow other users to add their content to a feed.
The service was originally distinguished by only allowing content to be framed in a square (1:1) aspect ratio with 640p to match the display width of the iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s and SE. But these restrictions were eased in 2015 with an increase to 1080p.
The service also added messaging features, the ability to include multiple images or videos in a single post, as well as “Stories”—similar to its main competitor Snapchat—which allows users to post photos and videos to a sequential feed, with each post accessible by others for 24 hours each. As of January 2019, the Stories feature is being used by 500 million users daily.
After its launch in 2010, Instagram rapidly gained popularity, with one million registered users in two months, 10 million in a year, and 1 billion as of May 2019. In April 2012, Facebook acquired the service for approximately US$1 billion in cash and stock.
As of October 2015, over 40 billion photos had been uploaded to the service. Although praised for its influence, Instagram has been the subject of criticism, most notably for policy and interface changes, allegations of censorship, and illegal or improper content uploaded by users.