13 January 2020
Instagram Stories has proved to be a successful feature since its inception and despite being a Snapchat clone. And now with the goal of making it more convenient and fun to use, the Instagram Stories camera interface has received a new update. This update not only brings a visual uplift but also added a few new cool features.
The new Instagram Stories interface makes it easier to go through various filters and find the one you are looking for. It is also easier to browse the on-device gallery for selecting the photo you want to share. The biggest change is that Stories now has a new Create mode that will offer even more ways of creating fun stories to share with their followers.
Within the Create mode, you will find a total of six content formats:
- Simple Text: This format lets you type any text that you want to share and make use of stickers, different backgrounds, and font styles to make it unique and fun.
- GIF: It is powered by Giphy and lets you share a GIF to express yourself.
- Countdown: This is meant to set a countdown for any upcoming event. It offers countdowns to the weekend, quitting time, and the school's out by default but you can always add personalized ones as well.
- Quiz: It lets you ask questions to followers by offering two options.
- Polls: It is an option to ask for people's opinions about anything. It also lets you add only two options for people to cast their votes.
- Questions: It is basically Ask Me Anything-like format where you can allow your followers to ask you anything.
- On This Day: It is essentially a way of sharing your throwback posts with followers. It will automatically show a photo that you shared on the same day in the past. You can also go through all the past photos shared on the same date across different years to choose which one you want to share.
As one can see that Create mode does have some options which were already available on Instagram. The difference is that those are now easier to find and are one-two taps away. The mode is available on both Android and iOS with the latest Instagram update and can be accessed by swiping left on the Stories camera app interface.