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Technology Instagram tests Group Stories after Facebook ditched them

05:30  06 october  2019
05:30  06 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Tidal shares songs as Stories in Facebook and Instagram

Tidal shares songs as Stories in Facebook and Instagram iHeartRadio isn't the only streaming music service helping you share music as Stories in recent days. Tidal has introduced an option to share tunes directly as Stories in Facebook and Instagram, helping you convey your musical mood to your followers. You can share videos, too -- viewers will see 15-second snippets of concerts and other footage if you post clips on Instagram, and still images on Facebook. The feature is available now in Tidal's Android and iOS apps. As with similar social efforts, it's not likely that your friends are going to switch services after you share a catchy track in your Stories. However, that's not really the expectation here.

Facebook might not be giving up on Group Stories just because it's cutting them from its main app. App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has found test code App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has found test code for a Group Story feature in Instagram . There's no mystery to how it works -- you'd just

"Unlike Facebook , Instagram has implemented the Story Highlights feature, giving users the opportunity to make their Stories permanent, rather than disappearing after 24 hours," said Lacamp. Story highlights allow you to group related stories today into a highlight reel, which is featured on

Facebook might not be giving up on Group Stories just because it's cutting them from its main app. App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has found test code for a Group Story feature in Instagram. There's no mystery to how it works -- you'd just choose to "share to Group Story." Still, it could be helpful for those moments when you'd like to recap your adventures for a smaller social circle beyond those you've marked as Close Friends.

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Like other tests, there's no guarantee this will make the cut. That's particularly relevant given the fate of the equivalent feature in Facebook. However, it might stand a better chance of survival in Instagram. Simply put, Stories are more of a staple here than they are in Facebook -- it makes more sense to include them in this app. It helps that Instagram already has Story stickers that directly link to group chats.

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Facebook can flesh out your Dating profile with existing Stories .
If Facebook Dating is going to compete with the heavyweights of the hookup world, that means offering livelier profiles -- and it won't surprise you to hear how it's going to accomplish that. You can now share your existing Facebook or Instagram Stories in Dating to give potential partners a sense of who you really are. If they're enamored, they can send a Like to (hopefully) get the sparks flying. You can keep looking at Stories as long as one side hasn't blocked or passed on the other. And sharing your Stories doesn't change your sharing settings in Facebook or Instagram -- you don't have to worry about widening access to your account just to woo someone.

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