In August 2016, Instagram launched Instagram Stories, a feature that allows users to take photos or videos(15 seconds long), add effects and layers, and add them to their Instagram story. Images and videos uploaded to a user’s story expire after 24 hours. Over the years Instagram has built on its Stories feature by introducing Tags, Music, GIFs, Hashtags, Stickers and also the option to repost a tagged story back on the profile. Instagram even added live video functionality to Instagram Stories, allowing users to broadcast themselves live.
Instagram Stories have been key in expressing, sharing and even reaching out. Currently while India finds itself in the grip of the badly hit second wave of Covid-19. Stories have been influential in asking and providing for the required resources. While Instagram continues to work on Reels updates it has simultaneously been also working on a new feature. App developer Alessandro Paluzzi on his twitter has said, “#Instagram is working to show how much time left before a Story expires“
He even shared an image of the same:
The image above shows the time remaining (in hours) for a story to expire. The time left text is located in the place where the usernames usually are. Alessandro Paluzzi has also said that the feature is already available for some iOS users. We can only wait for Instagram to make this feature available to every user on every device via its new updates.