I'll admit that my ability to learn new technology quickly is starting to fade away. Every single time I have to write about Snapchat, I find myself pawing at my touchscreen fruitlessly, with the air of a confused old golden retriever who thinks she's people. So I got nervous when I was asked to write about Instagram story hacks. But I'm proud to report that I did it! I figured out the feature in just minutes, posted my own story, and learned a thing or two in the process.
So what are stories? They're slideshows that self-destruct after 24 hours. Users can include both photos and videos in stories. The photos can be manipulated with the filters every Instagram user knows and loves, and you can also add text and drawings. One of the "pens" looks like neon, so if you're into drawing lasers or Chinese takeout restaurant signs, you're in luck! Stories don't appear in the regular feed, but in a row across the top of the home screen. That way, you won't be subjected to 30 pics of someone's dumb vacation unless you really want to be. Honestly, I rarely post to Instagram, because capturing that one perfect image is just too much pressure, but stories just might get me back into the app. Here's how to use it: