There is a new way to respond to Instagram stories. You can now instantly send a “like” to the person instead of cluttering up the creator’s message box by sending a direct message or emoji reaction.
Meta-owned Instagram added this “like” feature to give users an easier way to interact with stories and to make inbox more manageable. You will now be able to see who “liked” your story from the story’s viewer sheet instead of looking through your DM’s.
On Valentine’s Day Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced the rolling out of the new heart icon feature for “liking” Stories.
And if you tap on it, it’ll send the author of that story alike, and that like will show up in the viewer sheet, not in your DM thread with them.” He said that Messaging was a key priority for Instagram so that it focuses only on DMing the conversations between you and people that you care about. They are also looking into other ways to improve the messaging experience on Instagram. Here is everything you have to know about Instagram’s new story interaction update and how they work:
Easily “Like” an Instagram Story
If you have already updated to the new version of the Instagram app, you will be able to access the “like” feature by viewing someone’s story from the people you follow in a bar at the top of your feed. You will see a colorful ring around profile pictures of people who have posted a new story so that you can tap on it to view it. You will see a heart icon (“like”) between the “Send Message” and paper airplane icon (forward) on a story. You can tap on the heart icon to easily send “like” to the story you are viewing.
Viewing ‘likes’ on your Instagram Stories
The list of people who “like” your Instagram story, will be displayed on the viewer sheet which you can access by clicking on your story on the latest version of the Instagram app. On tapping your story icon with your profile picture in the upper right corner, you will see the user’s profile icon of others who have viewed your story. If you don’t see the icons in the lower-left corner, it means that no one has viewed your story yet. You can see who has viewed your story by tapping the icons or swiping up from the bottom. A heart icon will appear next to the name of the people who “liked” your story.
“Likes” of Stories will be Private
Unlike Instagram’s main feeds, the “likes” received for Stories will not have counts. Instagram which now comes under Meta Platforms Inc has made the decision to leave the “like” count hiding feature default with users having the option to hide them on their posts. They have made this decision after testing the “like” count hiding feature on the main feed for more than two years.
The “like” count for your story won’t be seen to the public, but you can see who left a “like” on from the Story’s view sheet. Instagram has implemented this feature to make sure that users can express more support for each other without crowding the inbox.
Do you think we needed a ‘like’ feature for our Instagram stories, or is this one of those needless aspects of the platform? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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