Bella Thorne's Instagram Story

Yes, Bella!

Instagram Stories have appeared overnight, and the internet is going a little bit gaga (to say the least). The latest app update gives users the opportunity to post photos that don’t stick around their profile forever, and disappear in 24 hours, similar to Snapchat’s ephemeral joy.

So what does this all mean for you? We’re breaking down the what, why and how of Instagram Stories…

First of all, what Are Instagram Stories?
Instagram Stories are a stream of photos and videos that you upload, but don’t appear on your main Instagram profile. You can customise them with filters, text and stickers, and they play in a sort of slideshow for 24 hours, before they’re deleted.   

What’s the difference from pictures you post on your main profile?
If you’ve ever thought something wasn’t quite good enough for Insta, or you’re worried about flooding your followers’ feeds, this is how to get around it. Great if you’re trying to keep up a theme but really want to post your #OOTD, too.

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Where are Instagram Stories?
Once you update your app, you’ll find Instagram Stories in the top left corner of your screen, which is where you add your own story. To watch other people’s, go to their profile and tap on their profile picture, or click on people you follow in a bar along the top of your screen.

Can anyone watch my video?
It depends on the privacy of your Instagram page – if you’re private, only your approved followers will be able to see it. If you’re public, anyone can, but you can change the privacy to block it from certain users.  

The stalking opportunities are endless.
Kind of – you can see who’s viewed each picture and your story by swiping up.

Can I comment on someone’s story?
Tap the photo or video you want to comment on to send the user a private message.

This sounds a lot like SnapChat…
Yes. It does. Many Insta users and celebrities have noticed the similarities between Instagram and Snapchat (post a pic, gone in 24 hours), and the memes have started…

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This isn’t the first new update Instagram has unveiled lately – Taylor Swift is rumoured to be one of the first A-listers to use Instagram’s anti-bullying tool, after thousands of snake emojis disappeared from Tay’s comments section overnight. The tool, which is not yet available to the public, allows users to mass delete offensive comments, which could change the landscape of social media forever.