New Instagram Updated Allows Users To Like Stories Without Sending DMs

The newest update rolled out by Instagram will allow users to like stories without sending the poster a DM. This means users can now ‘like’ a photo or video shared by someone on their Instagram Stories without showing up in their DMs. Instagram head Adam Mosseri made the announcement through a video which he shared on Twitter. Mosseri said in the video, “So now, as you go through Stories, between sending a message and that little paper airplane, there will be a heart icon.” Mosseri informed viewers that clicking on the heart icon will not send the poster any message, but will show up with the like count of the Story, along with it’s view count. This new feature is being called the ‘Story Like’.

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Instagram Remix Feature Not Exclusive to Reels, Expanded to All Videos

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Instagram, the Meta-owned image based social media platform, announces that it will be expanding the Instagram Remix feature to all public videos on their platform. They had first introduced the feature in 2021 for the short-video format available on Instagram, called Instagram Reels. Using this feature, a creator can ‘remix’ their own video with existing Instagram Reels by themselves or by other users. Therefore, the final outcome appears like a split view. Thus viewers are able to watch a stitched together version of both the short clips. As per the latest Instagram update, users can now use the Instagram Remix with more functionalities. Users can now create remixes with regular Instagram videos which are publicly posted. Moreover, the update will bring a longer time limit.

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Instagram to Prioritize Reels in 2022

In the upcoming new year of 2022, Instagram is going to be focusing primarily on video content. This strategy by the company includes an emphasis on the “Reels” feature offered by them. Adam Mosseri, Instagram’s head, has stated in a video message that the photo sharing platform intends to double down on video and focus on Reels in 2022. Mosseri also mentioned that the Meta-owned company intends to consolidate its video products around Reels and plans to continue growing that product.

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