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Instagram today announced the launch of a new Stories feature called "Close Friends" that allows you to share stories with a select group of people rather than all your followers.

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Starting today, you can make a close friends list on Stories and share with just the people you've added. Instagram Stories has become the place to express yourself and share everyday moments, but our community has grown and sometimes what you want to share isn't for everyone. With Close Friends, you have the flexibility to share more personal moments with a smaller group that you choose.
The feature works through follower suggestions based on who you interact with most, or via a contact search, from which you can then build the list for sharing Stories with fewer people.

You can find the list by going to your Instagram profile and tapping Close Friends in the side menu. When you go to share a Story, a new option appears to share it with only the people on your close friends list.

It's worth noting that Close Friends is a private list, so other users can't see it in your profile or request to be added to it, so you can switch up your selection at any time without the risk of retaliatory unfriending.

The only indication that your part of someone's Close Friends list is that you'll see a green badge when viewing stories shared to the list. There's also a green ring around the user's profile in the Stories tray.

As TechCrunch notes, the feature plays on the idea of "Finstagrams," or fake Instagram accounts that teens sometimes create to share posts to select friends without having to worry about about being judged by their wider peer group.

This latest addition to the Facebook-owned photo-based social network comes at a time when more and more people are moving from Facebook, which has come in for sustained criticism for its poor user privacy safeguards as well as a perceived lack of effort to protect user data, combat social media addiction, and prevent the spread of fake news.

Close Friends is rolling out globally today on the latest version of the Instagram app for iOS. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Instagram Launches 'Close Friends' List for Sharing Stories
 

mollyc

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This seems overly complicated. If I weren’t a photographer I’d give up on IG altogether.
 
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beanbaguk

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It's just becoming another narcissistic social platform these days. I fell out of favour with Facebook and Instagram a while back and have never looked back.

I genuinely believe there will be an eventual demise of these so-called social platforms. The idea is great, but the reality is they've become a cesspit of online bullying for young people and extreme behaviour. They bring out the very worst in people I think.

A couple of my nieces have commented they no longer use Facebook or Instagram and use WhatsApp groups instead to share, organise and socialise online.
 

DBZmusicboy01

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That removes the purpose of Instagram which is to appease everyone. It would just be exactly like Facebook which makes no sense what so ever to be selecting which group of followers. It’s just very dumb to make an Instagram just to then only let 1 percent of the followers to view the stories. What they could do instead is make a private live story PER PERSON of choice and not let people choose whom to include in a so called close friends list. It defeats the whole purpose of even having live stories.
 
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miflgr92

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I wish instagram would add a feature that allows us to make lists. I follow a bunch of different accounts for memes, travel, food, etc. It would be nice to make a list for each area of interest and view a feed of only those posts instead of everything all mixed together.
 

Sasparilla

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It's just becoming another narcissistic social platform these days....A couple of my nieces have commented they no longer use Facebook or Instagram and use WhatsApp groups instead to share, organise and socialise online.

The ironic thing in all this is that Facebook owns and controls them all.
 
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cocoua

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I wish instagram would add a feature that allows us to make lists. I follow a bunch of different accounts for memes, travel, food, etc. It would be nice to make a list for each area of interest and view a feed of only those posts instead of everything all mixed together.
Agree, this is something i missed since ever, but the wall in instagram is a real pain, worst feature ever, very slow, very unconfortable for eyes and finger to scroll, painful slow to see what you want, etc.. the more people you follow the more complicate to see your wall.
I found my self lately usong just explore tab instead wall.
 
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