Instagram has revealed it is testing a new Regram tool that will allow the users to share their public feed posts from others users to their Story. While the feature is only being rolled out to a select sample, it could be deployed to all users soon. Since people tend to screenshot the content of others and add it to their Stories anyway, this would be an appropriate tool for Instagram users to take full advantage of.
The tool only works when it comes to accounts that are public. If one posts a picture and their account are private then the public account will not be able to share the post directly in their story. The ones that have public accounts possibly would not want to have their posts shared in a similar manner and Instagram allows a way out.
Regram Privacy Considerations
The Instagram feature is directed to users with accounts on Instagram that have concerns about privacy. Though users can still take a screenshot of the user’s post in the Story section so they can share it as their own. When the Regram feature is deployed to the entire user base, they will be able to share other user’s post in a more direct manner.
As such, creator of Command for Instagram Zachary Shakked shared an image of the re-sharing privacy setting alternative that explains if the tools are on, others may be able to add the posts to their stories and the username would show up within the shared post. After all, it is common for people to share the posts of others by taking screenshots and then posting them. Though it was rumored Instagram was testing the Regram tool for sharing the feed posts, this is the first time it is being introduced.
The Latest Addition to Instagram Stories
Last year, Instagram added a range of new features to its phone application such as allowing the users to edit pictures that their friends sent through means of direct messaging. For example, it introduced a video feature known as ‘Go Live with’ allowing the users to add friends to live broadcasts.
The Regram feature is par for the course, considering Instagram launched text-only stories earlier this month allowing users to follow hashtags. It also unveiled the ability to archive stories and keep on the profile, the Stories that one would have stuck around. More recently, there was a ‘Type’, mode for Stories. This new option appears in camera under the record button. It allows the users to share just text in Stories, without requiring a photo or video.
This is currently live on iOS as well as Android. Just like other posts in Stories which then disappear within 24 hours. Instagram stories, it would seem is currently the selling point for the whole service considering it has 300 million daily active users every day. It got its inspiration from SnapChat as Instagram rolled out Stories for its users in 2016. Intriguingly, Stories has grown to be even bigger than its rival which only has 187 million daily active users.