Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Instagram adds Stories Highlights and Archive

Instagram adds Stories Highlights and Archive

Once you're done, your highlight will appear as a circle on your profile that plays as a stand-alone story when someone taps it. Highlights stay on your profile until you remove them, and you can have as many highlights as you'd like.

Stories Highlights will appear in a horizontal carousel near the top of accounts' profile pages above the gallery of photos and videos shared to Instagram's main feed, and there is no limit on how many Stories Highlights can be displayed on an account's profile page. At times, I've used Snapchat to post stories because I know they'll be saved, and I won't have to keep in mind to download them within 24 hours. The social-networking giant announced that users of Instagram Stories will now have their posts automatically saved to a private archive after 24 hours.

Do you think you'll use these new Stories features?

The new Instagram alerts come after US Forest Service officials in Lake Tahoe warned park-goers in 2014 against taking selifes with wild bears, because some were putting their lives in danger just to get an Instagram-worthy snap. The flip side is that I rarely return to my old stories, wherever I've posted them - the posts are meant to be ephemeral, after all.

The more dramatic change introduced with the archive is with Highlights. "It's such an important space, but it's also one that hasn't changed very much". I suspect brands may like Highlights more than regular users do - they offer a convenient way to package related content together and surface it in a prominent place in the app. That consists of an area on people's profiles where they can post their favourite collections. To create a highlight, tap the "New" circle at the far left. The most recent stories will be at the bottom of the new grid layout, and the first Story from each day will show a date indicator to help users navigate.

As mentioned above, Instagram is also getting a Stories Archive feature.

The first change is the stories archive, which lets people file away things they post to their stories for later use.

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