Instagram's New Update Lets You Finally Tag Friends in Your Stories
Sorry, Snapchat, but your new World Lenses might not stop people from continuing to use Instagram Stories, especially with the new features the company is adding. You can now use Boomerang, tag friends, and, if you're a verified user, add links to your Instagram Story.
The features, out today on iOS and Android, are easy enough to use and find. Want to use Boomerang? Tap the "+" icon at the top right corner of your screen. If you swipe right, you'll see a new Boomerang option. Unlike the Boomerang app, you can switch between the rear and front-facing cameras.
If you love tagging your friends in your photos and videos on Instagram, that option is now available on Stories. Use the text tool to write the username of your friend with the @ sign. Once the Story is live, Instagram will send a direct message to your friend to let them know they were tagged.
For verified users, Instagram is now letting them add links to their Stories. This is perfect if you follow a brand you love and want to shop the clothes in its Story or read an article from a media outlet. For now, regular users can't access the feature, but we wouldn't be surprised if it was opened up to everyone soon enough.
Take a look ahead to see what the features look like and download the update as soon as you can.