Instagram is currently testing a feature that would let users share others’ posts in their Stories. According to a report, this new feature will work with accounts that are public. The Facebook-owned company has confirmed the development that the photo-sharing app will now allow sharing public feed posts to Instagram Stories, eliminating the hassle of posting screenshots to Stories. The feature is reportedly rolling out to select users, however, Instagram believes that there is “no guarantee” if a wide rollout will occur anytime soon.
According to a report by TechCrunch, the new sharing feature will allow users to share posts, similar to the feature seen on Facebook, however only to the Instagram Stories and not on their own feeds or timelines. The sharing icon below the photo and video posts will show a new menu – ‘Add post to you Story’, tapping on which will take the users to their Stories section. The report further says that after the post is added to the Story, there will be options available to the users as to what they want these shared posts to look like in Stories. There are options to crop, resize, rotate, and move the posts, in addition to two visual options suggesting how these posts look – one with refined edges and the Instagram handle of the original user and the other with a traditional Instagram post look.
The Instagram users who have their profiles public will see a new option in the Story Settings inside the app – ‘Allow Resharing to Stories’. This will enable sharing for their posts on their friends’ and other users’ Instagram Stories. The report says that the users who are still unable to reshare posts to Stories have the aforementioned option in their Story Settings as well. An Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch that a broader rollout is not guaranteed but this will become handy “since people tend to screenshot others’ content and add it to their Stories anyway.”
The Facebook-owned company was recently reported to be testing a video call option on its platform under the Direct Message feature. A report by WABetaInfo suggested that this feature could be in very early stage and will be similar to the WhatsApp video calls. Instagram has, however, not implemented the UI functionalities for the video calling feature on its platform, says the report.