When social media giant Instagram launched its latest feature on Aug. 2, the internet... well, the internet had some feelings. Some very strong feelings. The issue with the new Instagram Stories feature, which allows users to create short videos to share with their followers rather than just simple images, was that it looked pretty familiar. Eerily similar to the Snapchat My Story feature that allows users to share videos in much of the same fashion, in fact. The internet has calmed down and now needs to know how to use Instagram Stories. For instance, how do you edit your Instagram Stories?
Are you one of those people, like me, who tends to share first and regret later, editing your Instagram Stories could be crucial. While Instagram is working towards making editing simpler for those "look before you leap" folks, at this point the only way you can edit Your Story is to delete the whole slideshow. You can remove a Story by tapping on the three dots at the bottom right of your video or photo, hit Delete, and confirm. So if you wanted to simply remove one part, no luck, my friend. The good news is, Your Story will self-destruct after 24 hours. (Btw, check out Romper's Instagram here).
According to the Instagram blog;
With Instagram Stories, you don’t have to worry about overposting. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want. You can bring your story to life in new ways with text and drawing tools. The photos and videos will disappear after 24 hours and won’t appear on your profile grid or in feed.
While Instagram Stories have yet to create an editing tool that will allow users to remove specific parts of their slideshow, Instagram has been rolling out some interesting photo editing tools that should make sharing easier. Instagram has added photo-editing features like writing and drawing on your image (just tap on the Drawing Tool to add stripes or polka dots), or swipe across the image to add one of their seven new filters.
Perhaps the most exciting editing feature Instagram is reportedly in the process of testing? A new "save draft" feature.
This new feature allows users to save their photo as a draft while trying to edit. And considering how difficult it can be to come up with the right filters, lighting, adjustments, and let's not even get into the caption... this could be a pretty serious game changer.
I think the internet is ready to be friends again, Instagram. It's time.