Instagram Might Soon Introduce Group Stories, Advanced Sticker Options In DMs and Much More

Have you ever been a part of a group chat on Instagram where you think the content deserves to be published as a Story as well? Well, such a desire might just become true as the company reportedly is working on letting users add Group Stories right from the group chat.

First spotted by Alessandro Paluzzi, an app developer who shared the screenshot of the feature on his Twitter profile, one can see that the option of adding a Group Story is currently undergoing the testing phase. And the best part is that it doesn’t matter how many groups you belong to, there will be an option for every group to put up a story for engaging its members and other users on the platform.

Furthermore, the list of upcoming surprises from Instagram doesn’t stop there only as in another screenshot, Alessandro also showed how Instagram will soon introduce the auto advance (AKA Automatic Swipe) feature for Reels as well.

Currently under development, this option will allow users the ease to watch as many Reel Stories as they can without having to open every single Story separately of every user. Although this move seems to be pretty much like Instagram’s model for showing the traditional Stories, nevertheless it can contribute a great deal in making more and more users interested in Reels by showing more content - which is the current goal of the company, if they have to compete with TikTok.

There are also more subtle improvements coming up in the Direct Message part of the platform as well with Starred section being included which will have all the GIFs and stickers that you may have previously used by chatting with all your friends in the DMs. Users will also be able to send sticker effects in the DMs and if someone wants to search for a GIF or sticker related to a particular word, then you will soon be able to directly search for them in the message composer box.

Although these all look to be small changes, but its impact on users will be wholesome and something we all cannot wait to try on our mobile screens!

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