Back in 2016, Instagram introduced Stories, allowing users to share photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours. Since then, this interactive feature has seen explosive growth, reaching a daily user count of 500 million in 2019, transforming into a pivotal element for Instagram. Now, Meta-owned (formerly Facebook) Instagram is gearing up to unveil a fresh addition to Stories. The upcoming feature might enable users to share another user’s Instagram profile directly on their Stories, offering a new dimension to user interaction.
Alessandro Paluzzi, a renowned developer (@alex193a) on X (previously Twitter), has revealed that Instagram is actively developing a feature allowing users to share profiles of other users within their Stories. This functionality is expected to resemble the existing “Add to Story” option, permitting users to showcase a different profile on their Instagram Story and encourage followers to visit and follow that user’s account or page.
The shared screenshot by Paluzzi demonstrates that Stories will include a “View Profile” button, prompting viewers to explore the featured profile. Once live, this feature is anticipated to aid users in sharing profiles, enhancing visibility, and boosting follower counts for content creators and influencers. Similar to photos and videos shared in Stories, profile invites are projected to vanish after 24 hours, ensuring they won’t appear on the profile grid or in the main feed.
In recent times, Instagram has introduced a slew of new features, including song lyrics display for Reels, offering more customization options with favorite tunes. The platform has also rolled out additional Reels editing tools, enabling users to crop and rotate individual clips.
Moreover, the Meta-owned app expanded its Close Friends feature, allowing users to share posts and reels to their main feed visible only to those on the designated list. Additionally, Meta is presently providing a paid ad-free subscription for Instagram users in the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland.