Instagram is testing a TikTok style vertical feed for Stories. The company has also confirmed that it is working on a prototype. Users will need to swipe up and down to browse through Instagram stories rather than taping. The new feature will work similar to the TikTok feed.
Instagram has confirmed to TechCrunch that it is working to introduce a layout, but it did not reveal when it will start testing the feature or launch it.
Instagram Stories to Get a TikTok-Style Vertical Feed
This new development was first spotted by developer Alessandro Paluzzi, who shared a screenshot on Twitter. The screenshot shows that the new feature will allow users to swipe up and down to browse stories on Instagram. It works just like Reels and is inspired by TikTok.
— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) February 2, 2021
Mimicking Reels would unify various feeds of Instagram in some sense. If Stories became a vertical experience, it would not only match Reels, but also the Instagram’s original feature: scrolling the feed. It is important to mention here that IGTV would still work a bit differently, though; those videos are buried in a vertical grid in profiles.( The Verge)
In an interview, Instagram head Adam Mosseri said “2020 was about placing a bunch of bets, while 2021 would be about “delivering on those commitments and simplifying the experience.”
Instagram is also testing changes that what type of content can be added to stories, and how the stories could be displayed.
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