Instagram is launching a new feature today called Stories, which lets you share slideshows of photos and videos over the course of your day. These moments make up your Story, which you can share for 24 hours before they disappear. You don't have to worry about Stories cluttering your feed, either.
You'll see stories from people you follow in a bar at the top of your feed — from your best friends to your favorite popular accounts. When there's something new to see, their profile photo will have a colorful ring around it.
To view someone's story, just tap on their profile photo. It's easy to view stories at your own pace: tap to go back and forward or swipe to jump to another person's story. If you want to comment on something you see, you can tap and send a private message to that person on Instagram Direct. Unlike regular posts, there are no likes or public comments.
Your Stories will follow the same privacy settings that you have for the rest of your account, so if you're set to private, your Story will only be seen by your followers. You can also select who gets to see a Story, even if they follow you. You can also see who has viewed your story with a quick swipe up.
Stories are only just starting to roll out, and will launch across the world in Instagram for Android and iOS over the coming weeks.