Instagram has yet again cloned features from Snapchat. The photo and video sharing app from Facebook has introduced location and hashtag stories in the Explore tab. With these features user will be able to “see what is happening around them and find stories related to their interests,” Instagram said in a blog post.
Instagram has added a new story ring at the top of Explore which will show stories of users that have used location stickers nearby. Users can also search for any location around the world to view a story ring from that area at the top of the location page.
Meanwhile, Hashtag stories in Explore will enable users to find stories related to their interests. When users search for a hashtag, they might see a story ring at the top of the page filled with stories using that hashtag. Users can become a part of a larger story if they add location or hashtag to their story. Now, if a user’s story is added to a larger story they will see a line at the top of their stories viewer list showing how many people saw it. However, if users just want to use location or hashtag sticker but don’t want their story to appear on Explore, they can simply tap the X on their stories viewer list.
Instagram last week launched face filters similar to Snapchat that lets users to add different face filters, for instance an ice crown, twitching bunny ears, nerd glasses etc.
“From discovering new parts of your own city to jogging alongside the #fromwhereirun community all around the world, location and hashtag stories help you share these experiences as they unfold,” Instagram wrote in its blog post.
Location stories are available on iOS and Android as Instagram version 10.22 in the App Store and Google Play. While Hashtag stories will be rolled out in the coming weeks.