Instagram Is Finally Bringing Group Stories, GIF Story Replies And Users Are Loving It

Facebook has already axed the Group Stories feature from its main app but it seems like others still find it useful. Instagram is now going to offer the same feature to its users.

A Reverse Engineer Jane Manchun Wong discovered that Instagram is testing the Group Story feature. The functionality of this feature is expected to be similar to the one you have seen on Facebook. Once the feature is rolled out, you will be able to share your stories to a particular group by choosing Share to Group Story. 

There are times when you want to share your memories from a recent trip or an event to your social circle. The Group Story is a handy feature that will allow you to share your stories to those who are not in your Close Friends list.

However, it remains to be seen if this feature makes it to the final version. But apparently, there is a good chance that Instagram might bring it to life. Moreover, the survival of this feature depends mainly on user’s feedback. By the look of things, the stories in Instagram’s group chat make more sense as compared to Facebook. The app already allows you to open group chats using Story stickers.

Even though it is a useful feature but there is a possibility that some people might spam their Instagram’s group chat stories. This situation can be annoying in that case and the company must do something about it.

GIF Story Replies Coming Soon

Apart from the Group Stories feature, Instagram is also testing GIF Story Replies. It was a popular demand by Instagram users as similar functionality is already available on Twitter and other apps.

The GIF Story Replies will allow you to respond to your Instagram Stories with a GIF. In order to use this feature, you will simply click the GIF button available besides the text field. A popup menu with different GIF options will appear on your screen, find the one you want and post it.

Both the features are currently in experimental stages and Jane’s tweet was received well from Instagram users. Once the testing phase is complete, the company might push them to the stable version very soon.

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.