Gadget Hacks: Video Too Long for Instagram Stories? Here’s How to Split It Up. “One of the latest trends in Instgram is breaking up larger videos into more digestible clips to use in stories. Stories max out at 15 seconds, making it a pain to show anything meaningful in that short time frame. Fortunately, you can virtually extend the duration of your Stories on both your iPhone and Android phone.”
The Verge: Instagram’s new ‘type mode’ lets you add text-only pages to your stories. “Instagram’s newest Stories feature doesn’t feel much like Instagram. The platform’s new ‘type mode,’ which starts rolling out today, lets users add pages to their stories that just involve text. No photos or videos are needed. Users can choose from colorful, customizable backgrounds and different text styles, including a neon font and one that’s reminiscent of a typewriter. Stickers can be added, too. You’ve probably already seen a similar-looking page when you respond to a friend’s direct messages.”
Digital Trends: How to use Instagram Stories: Everything you need to know. “Instagram took on Snapchat last year with the launch of ephemeral Instagram Stories, pictures and videos that disappear 24 hours after being shared. And just like Snapchat Stories, you can write, doodle, and place stickers on your Instagram Stories. There’s a fair chance you’re already familiar with this feature, but if you have yet to dive in beneath the surface, here are all the ins and outs of how to use Instagram stories.” Extensive.
Ubergizmo: Instagram Adding GIF Support To Stories. “If you’re digging the weird and wonderful world of animated GIFs, then you might be interested to learn that Instagram seems to be rolling out support for adding GIFs in its Stories. This is according to a report from The Verge in which some users from certain parts of the world are reporting that they are now able to add GIFs via Giphy to their Stories.”
Ubergizmo: Instagram Stories Can Be Posted Straight To WhatsApp. “Facebook often tests new methods to link some of its popular services together. In October last year, the company allowed users to post their Instagram Stories directly to Facebook. It’s now working on something similar for WhatsApp. The company is testing a new feature that will enable Instagram users to post their Stories directly to WhatsApp.”
Peg Fitzgerald: How To Create Winning Instagram Stories. “Instagram Stories are one of the most creative types of video out there. They can be quick and spontaneous or planned out to the smallest detail.” Peg Fitzgerald does good work.
Ubergizmo: Instagram Stories & WhatsApp Status Boast 300M Daily Active Users. “While Snapchat’s Stories isn’t exactly a flop, in fact it seems to be doing quite well, it looks like Facebook might be having much better success with it. In a report from TechCrunch, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that both Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status both now have 300 million daily active users. This is compared to Snapchat whose own daily active users is around 173 million, and presumably not all of them use the Stories feature either.”