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Instagram's New Redesign Completely Changes The Way You Use Your Social Media

By Darragh Berry

December 8, 2017 at 11:45am

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In its most "dramatic changes since 2013", Instagram has announced that the photo-sharing service is being radically redesigned. 

The site has launched two new features: 'Stories Highlights' and 'Stories Archive' and together, they will change how your profile looks and works which the company hopes, in turn, will make your stories more useful. 

The first change will be a brand new 'Highlights' section.

More change are set to follow after this and the new features are said to completely change the stories feature on Instagram. 

The new update allows people to hold onto their stories once they are posted, meaning they can be accessed and shared long after the 'normal' 24 hour deadline passes. 

Now, the boomerang (you thought was unreal when you posted it at 3am) that is normally forgotten about and lost the next day will remain in your hands forever. 

'Stories Archive' allows people to file away things that they posted to their stories for later use on their profile or on their story again.

However, if you don't like the idea of an archive, you can switch the feature off. 

In a post on its blog, Instagram said: "Over the past year, Instagram Stories has become a key part of how you express yourself — but there hasn’t been an easy way to keep your stories around for more than 24 hours. Now you can more fully express your identity by grouping stories you’ve shared into highlights and featuring them on your profile.

"Stories Highlights appear in a new section on your profile below your bio. To create a highlight, tap the 'New' circle at the far left. From there, you can choose any stories from your archive, select a cover for your highlight and give it a name

"Once you’re done, your highlight will appear as a circle on your profile that plays as a stand-alone story when someone taps it. Highlights stay on your profile until you remove them, and you can have as many highlights as you’d like. To edit or remove a highlight, just tap and hold that highlight on your profile."

Absolute, game-changer.

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