- Instagram has announced a series of features to improve the user experience, such as Notes,
Candid storiesand others.
- Candid Stories allow users to capture and provide real-time updates via
Instagram Stories– but these stories are only visible to users who also share their own stories.
- Other than Notes, all other new features are currently being tested.
Despite criticism for trying to copy other applications, such as TikTok, a social networking service for sharing photos and videos, Instagram hasn’t stopped rolling out new features.
In fact, Instagram recently announced five new features for its users, namely – ‘Notes’ to share thoughts such as a status update, ‘Candid Stories’ to share real-time updates with other active users of Candid Stories’, ‘Group Profiles’ to share posts with select groups of people, Add Yours Nominations to tag and nominate people to participate, and Collaborative Collections to collectively save posts of common interest.
According to Instagram, these features are designed to improve user experience and make people feel more connected to friends. Among all the features mentioned above, the Notes feature has already been rolled out to all Instagram users. The other functions are still being tested.
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The new Candid Stories features
Instagram is also testing a new “Candid Stories” feature that allows users to click and share a candid photo to their Instagram story. The big difference between regular Instagram Stories and “Candid Stories” is that the latter is only visible to users who also share their own candid stories.
From the looks of it, the ‘Candid Stories’ feature seems similar to how BeReal works.
Launched in 2020, BeReal is a social media photo sharing application that allows users to click and share real and unfiltered photos with their friends but only once a day. BeReal is one of Instagram’s biggest competitors.
Instagram shared in a blog post that they are also testing the “Candid Stories” feature for Facebook Stories.
“Capture a candid with the stories camera, the multi-author story at the top of the feed, or with the daily notification reminder that starts after your first candid. For those who don’t want to receive the daily notification reminder, you can always turn it off in your settings,” Instagram said.
The ‘Candid Stories’ feature is currently being tested. It has not yet been confirmed when the feature will be available to all Instagram users.
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