The social media app that everyone is currently hooked to is Instagram. Naturally, Facebook has been focussing on it a lot to make sure that the app stays ahead of its rivals and remains relevant to the users. For ensuring this, the company keeps on adding new and interesting features to Instagram. The latest among these is a Stories Sticker that has just been rolled out to Instagram. The new feature – called chat sticker – enables people to ask their followers to join a group chat. The one who posts the sticker will also be able to decide who all can join the chat.
We should mention that the new sticker joins a number of other stickers that Instagram has rolled out for its Stories including Quizzes, Polls, Question boxes, Countdowns and more. The chat sticker is basically meant for times when you wish to have a big group conversation about something. This will also prove to be useful when you are making plans with a large group of people.
When somebody will share a chat sticker on their Instagram Story, their friends will be able to tap on it if they want to join the conversation. However, this only sends a request to the original poster and they get to decide whether or not the person who requested gets to join in. The chat will take place in the Direct Messages section of the photo-sharing app. Users will also have the option of ending the chat at any point in time.
It is worth noticing that the feature seems to be aimed at those who interact with real friends and people they actually know on Instagram. We are yet to see how influencers would use it, or whether they will find it useful at all. While they can use it to start a conversation with their fans, it can also prove to be very chaotic if they do because too many people may want to join in.
The feature actually does not seem aimed at those who use Instagram as just a way of building their brand and growing their following. Rather it seems for those who use it for connecting with their friends and talking about things that they love.
While the platform is increasingly getting crowded with influencers and branded content, people who use Instagram as it was originally meant to be used still exist. A good number of people also do not prefer to have a public profile and instead opt for a private one for the kind of privacy it offers. This feature will be useful for people like that.
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