Instagram Stories are quite popular, while those on Facebook haven’t quite caught on yet. In hopes of changing that, Facebook now allows you to cross-post your Instagram Stories to the biggest social network in the world.
The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s currently rolling out the feature, meaning some of you might have already received it via an update, while others will have to wait for a few more days.
This is definitely something we want to see, although it could be a while before it becomes a reality. It looks like for now the company is purely focused on increasing the number of Facebook Stories, a format that has already proven to be successful on other social networks.
Instagram Stories, for example, have over 250 million active daily users, while the number of users of Facebook Stories hasn’t been shared with the public yet, implying that it might not be quite as high as the company would like.
Have you received the Instagram update with the latest feature on board? Let us know in the comments.
Face filters for live video streams
September 22, 2017: You can now add face filters to your live videos, which you can share as a replay to stories once they’ve ended. Users can now add face filters to their live videos simply by tapping the face icon in the bottom right corner before or during their broadcast. You can change the selected filter during your live streaming session, and once you’re done, you still have the option to either discard it or share it as a replay to your stories.
Instagram now plays all video audio once you turn sound on
September 18, 2017: Instagram is making some minor changes to how you interact with videos on its app. As you know, when you open Instagram, the videos posted by those you follow play automatically with the audio turned off. However, when you tap on the speaker icon to hear the sound, all the other videos in your feed will now have the audio turned on for the rest of your session. So if you close the app and then open it again, the sound will be turned off.
Share people’s stories as Direct messages
This update added the option of sharing any Instagram story in Direct messages. There’s a direct icon in the bottom right corner of each story, which you can tap to select the people to whom you want to send it to. Of course, when the story disappears from the app, the recipient will no longer be able to view it.
In case you don’t want people to look at your stories and be able to share them, just head into the stories settings and disable the option. It’s also worth noting that if you have a private account, only your followers will get to view a story that’s been shared via Direct.
Instagram now lets you post multiple photos and videos as non-squares
August 29, 2017: With the latest Instagram update, users can choose landscape and portrait formats when sharing multiple photos and videos. As Instagram explains, the option to choose gives users more “creative flexibility” but unfortunately, “to keep the experience smooth and consistent… all photos and videos in your post must be shared in the same format.”
Instagram rolls out new ways to reply to posts with photos and videos
August 18, 2017: The Facebook-owned company has added new ways to reply to your friend’s posts for more personalized conversations. Users can now reply directly to shared posts, photos, and videos with their own photo or video. To make matters more interesting, these replies will also automatically include a sticker of the content you’re responding to