Facebook might have just launched its own stories globally, but Instagram is going one step further, starting to show you when people you follow have new stories. Not just at the top of your home feed, but while you scroll as well.
Instagram isn’t content with people finding each others’ stories at the top of their home feed. Now, as you scroll through your home feed, you will notice a colourful “story ring” around the profile photos of people who have a new story for you to see. By tapping on the profile photo, you are taken to that person’s story, which you can view as usual.
You can also just slide back to your home feed, or wait until the story ends. When you go back, you land right back on that person’s post in the feed, but the story ring will disappear from around their profile photo.
Ever since stories were launched on Instagram in the summer, they’ve become a great way to “share all your everyday moments,” anything “from hanging out at the park to silly selfies.” Stories started appearing in Explore last October, but Instagram is making them feel a lot more accessible with this new change. As the company explains,
This change makes it easier to discover and watch stories from your friends and helps you navigate seamlessly between feed and stories.
You can find out more about the latest changes here. They are available as part of Instagram version 10.14 available for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.