Today's topic is Instagram and the three new features they are rolling out.
One of them is called 'Music in Stories'. As the name suggests, it adds the ability to select a custom soundtrack for your 'Stories'.
Here's how it works:
The first thing you have to do is to open the Instagram app on your phone and swipe inward from the left side of your screen to access the camera UI. From there, either capture a new video or a picture and tap on the box in the lower left-hand corner and select something from your gallery.
When you are taking a photo or video in 'Stories', you’ll see a music icon in the 'Stickers' pop-up. Tap on it to open the online library, where you can search for a specific song, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular and tap the play button to hear a preview.
When you’ve selected your song, you can fast-forward and rewind through the track to choose the exact part that fits your story.
You can also choose a song before capturing a video. When you open the camera, swipe to the new 'Music' option under the record button. Search for a song, select the exact part you want and record a video as the song plays in the background.
When you are ready, hit 'Done'. After that select the '+ Your Story' button in the bottom left-hand corner to upload the clip to your Instagram 'Story'.
The next addition is 'Topic Channels on Explore'
'Topic Channels on Explore' gives you new ways to 'Discover your interests' on Instagram. Now it’s easier to browse through posts you want to see and accounts you want to follow. With topic channels, you can be more intentional about how you navigate posts on 'Explore'. When you open the page, you’ll see a tray at the top with personalized channels. This includes a ‘For You’ channel, which has a mix of posts tailored to your interests. You’ll also see channels on topics you might like such as art, sports, beauty or fashion – as well as a list of hashtags, giving you more ways to explore your interests. Now, when you want to get inspired by the latest fashion trends or discover a new travel destination, you can easily find posts you’re looking for and follow those accounts or hashtags. You can also browse through a variety of interests by swiping from a grid to grid, or you can go deep into a specific interest by tapping on a channel and scrolling up. If you’d like to remove a topic channel, press and hold the channel and select 'Mute' from the menu. This sends the channel to the end of the tray, giving you the option to unmute it at any time.
And the last one we are going to cover is 'You’re All Caught Up' in 'Feed'. As Instagram sorts the posts on your feed using their algorithm, and not chronologically, this is there to help you keep track of your seen posts. It also shows the same message under posts older than two days to let you know that you haven't missed any recent publications from the people you follow.
As these features are rolling out gradually, please, let us know if you have them and are you excited?