It was only a matter of time before Instagram Snapchatted itself.
Instagram Stories is here, and it lets you record temporary video snippets of your day, before self-destructing 24 hours later.
It’s all too easy to snap shots and videos of every cat, pigeon, squirrell and plastic bag spiralling in the wind along your daily walk, but if you really want to rake in that sweet #InstaStreetCred, then these tips should help you up your game.
1. Shortcuts are Bestcuts
Tapping is so 2007 - ain’t nobody got time for that. These days it’s all about gestures, and Instagram Stories is fully onboard.
Hit the + icon on the top left or swipe right on your feed to instantly enter Stories mode. When you’re inside, you can handily pull down to quickly post the photos you’ve taken in the last 24 hours. After all, you don’t want to waste precious time browsing when you could be creating your temporary masterpiece.
2. Get creative
There’s some tough competition out there, so you’re going to have to put a little elbow grease in to make your Story stand out. Don’t just snap a picture and call it a day, make it count by adding your own creative flair.
You can, for example, doodle or create basic dots and stripes - the cornerstone of classic ‘on-trend’ hipster motifs. Dots can be created by choosing the pointed marker, selecting a colour, then hitting the icon with three dots on the bottom left and adjusting the thickness of your tool by toggling that slider.
Create stripes/drizzle by choosing the angled marker instead. And if you want dots with a halo (and why on Earth wouldn’t you), the last marker will do that for you.
3. Make your words visible
The witty caption you enter over your shots is white by default. That is fine if you’re posting it on a coloured image, but not if you want to caption something inspirational against a background of clouds, pure white doves, or a fluffy pile of albino kittens.
Thankfully, there’s a fix for your ghostly caption. Type up your pure thoughts, select the drawing tool, and then colour the background in. Voila - your text has popped up, like magic.