Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

How your news organisation can share Instagram Stories with a select audience

How your news organisation can share Instagram Stories with a select audience

That's certainly made the app a much-needed bright spot for Facebook, which as a Reuters piece notes today is increasingly focusing on the property as its fastest-growing revenue generator while the larger social network's core platform "has come under fire from regulators pushing to improve information safeguards for individual privacy, to combat addiction to social media, and to stop misinformation or fake news".

A new feature of Instagram allows users to share stories only with "close friends".

Instagram is adding alternative text support for photos to better describe what is on them and help more people with disabilities like vision impairment, or blindness and are forced to use a screen reading service such as Talkback from Google.

Now, you can make a close friends list and share stories with just those people.

Those on your "Close Friends" list will see a green ring around your Story in the tray at the top of the feed - a visual signal that a close friend has shared something more privately with you standing out from the standard pink-purple gradient rings. No wonder the Stories feature boasts of more than 400 million daily activities users (DAU). Friends on the list will know that they are on the list but won't be able to see your list.

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Ever since Instagram launched its Snapchat-like Stories feature in 2016, the Facebook-owned company hasn't rested on its laurels.

In October, Instagram appointed long-term insider Adam Mosseri as the head of the photo-sharing app following the high-profile exits of the photo-sharing app's co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.

Capture or select the media you want to share as stories. While on the hit list users will inform a green icon that will light up when viewing stories.

PR and marketing pros can further tailor their Instagram content through alternative text options.

Plus Instagram is introducing custom alternative text so users can add a richer description of your photos when they upload it.

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