Photo sharing app Instagram is working on a new feature that will notify users when someone snapshots their story. The test is being conducted currently with a limited set of users wherein users are receiving a warning that reads “next time you take a screenshot of a friend’s story that friend will be notified.”
If you are one of those test users, you can see who took a screenshot of your story by navigating through the list of story viewers wherein a new camera shutter logo is placed next to anyone who took a screenshot of their photo.
Instagram further confirmed the test, saying “we are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you.”
Video creators will not be greeted with a specific notification when someone snapshots their story – it only surfaces in their list of story viewers.
With this test, we believe, Instagram wants to see if this can have a direct impact on user engagement before deciding a global roll out.
Before this test, screenshot notifications were provided only for users when someone took screenshot of direct messages.
This year in January, Instagram rolled out ability to add GIF’s to your photos and videos. GIF stickers are available on Instagram version 29 on iOS and Android.
When you tap to add a sticker to a photo or video in stories, you will now see a new GIF option. Tap it to open a library full of hundreds of thousands of moving stickers powered by GIPHY. Users can also browse trending GIF’’s on GIPHY or search their extensive collection. From bouncing letters and twirling hearts to dancing cats and pizza in space, these animated stickers help you make any photo or video funny, interesting or creative.
The app now allows users to upload photos and videos of any size to your story. When you upload a photo or video, pinch to share it in its original dimensions, whether it’s square, portrait or landscape. Any extra room will be filled with a custom colour gradient that matches what you have shared.