Yesterday I told you about SnapChat. The standout feature of SnapChat has always been that the posts are temporary and disappear within a few seconds of being viewed. Popular photo social media platform Instagram took a direct run at SnapChat by introducing its own Stories feature. Instagram Stories stay up for 24 hours before they disappear.

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Just as with SnapChat, users can share photos or videos. And you can add effects, stickers, and write on the screen.

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You’ll see the Stories displayed at the top of your Instagram Feed. Swipe left to see all of them.

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Tap on a story to view the photo or video.

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To add your own story, tap on Your Story.

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At the bottom of the screen, you’ll find the controls for choosing how you want to use Stories. You can choose to go live with your video or just take a photo or video. You can also use the Boomerang function to create 1-second GIF-like Videos. Press the large round button once quickly for a photo or hold down to take a video.

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Once you take a photo or record a video, you can write or draw on the screen. Select drawing tools at the top and the color at the bottom. When you’re happy with the results, tap Done.

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Add stickers.

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or add text.

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Then you can either send the image to one or more friends privately or post on your story feed.

~ Cynthia