26 December 2017

Instagram Blog: “Introducing Stories Highlights and Stories Archive”

Moving forward, your stories will automatically save to your archive when they expire. This makes it easy for you to revisit your favorite moments later on or bring them back to life in a highlight.

To access the stories in your archive, tap the Archive icon on your profile. From there, you can easily switch between your Posts Archive and your new Stories Archive. In your Stories Archive, your stories will appear in a grid with the most recent stories at the bottom. The first story from each day will show a date indicator to help you navigate your archive as you scroll.

Tap on any story in your archive to watch it. From there, you can add it to your story, share it as a post or add it to a highlight on your profile.

Instagram Blog

Wasn’t the original selling point of Stories to be a private and ephemeral way of sharing? I guess now that the Instagram variant managed to stall Snapchat’s growth, Facebook found a way to keep them around and mine them for data and advertising.

What annoys me more about this update is how the new section on people’s profiles pushes their actual posts further down; in some cases you can only see three photos at first glance. Instagram used to be about simplicity and focus; now it’s become a kitchen-sink social network with little to differentiate it from the rest. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this Stories pivot turns out to be a covert way of competing with YouTube, or if at some point we’re going to see pre-roll ads playing before Highlights.

mobile Instagram profile displaying Stories Highlights
Instagram profile displaying Stories Highlights in the iOS app

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