Instagram is testing changes to the Stories feed
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(Pocket-lint) – Instagram’s Stories feature has been a hit for the platform, with many users exclusively using the Stories feed and ignoring traditional Instagram posts altogether.
Today, reports indicate that Instagram may change the way Stories are displayed in the feed.
A Brazilian Instagram user, phil ricellenoticed that his Stories feed only showed the first three Stories shared by people he follows.
Currently, users can post up to 100 Stories per day, and people who follow them must either browse through them all or swipe to the next Story.
With the new update, Instagram will only show three Stories, and the viewer will have to tap a “Show All” button to see more. Otherwise, Instagram will automatically move on to the next person’s Stories.
It’s an interesting move, and we can understand the logic, it means viewers can reach content that interests them faster and only then opt for a deeper dive.
But for creators, this could be very frustrating and will almost certainly change the way the feature is used. They will see a big drop in viewership after the first three stories and so will be incentivized to limit their content to three stories in total or move the important parts to the first three stories.
Those who are used to bumping into the 100 Stories daily limit will likely feel penalized by this change. It also makes content like Q&As, which frequently take place within Instagram’s Stories feature, less accessible.
So far, it looks like only a small number of people have received the update. So, we’re guessing Instagram is testing how it works before committing to a wider rollout. We will be interested to see how this develops.
Written by Luke Baker.