Insta kinda wants you to care more Image: Instagram
Did you think Instagram already has way too many opinions for you to care? Then you better look the other way.
The photo-sharing platform, which takes up more than five hours of your day, toilet time excluded, is getting really needy with its new upgrade.
Instagram Stories has released a new question sticker, which is a means of engaging with your followers. It will basically let your followers submit a question to you via your Story. It might prove to be a great addition if you are an influencer or if you really do want some feedback.
"Add a question sticker to your story by selecting it from the sticker tray after taking a photo or video. Type out your prompt then place it wherever you’d like and share it to your story. When friends see the sticker, they can tap it to reply — and they can reply as many times as they want, right from the sticker," Instagram said in its statement.
But the Q&A is not anonymous, and will basically work as an 'ask me anything' session, which Insta celebs often engage in. It is also a great way to find out if you are an Insta celeb. If you don't get any questions at all, then maybe step up your Insta game.
If it sounds like Sarahah, that's because it is. But the messaging app, which took social media and your life by storm last year, was a hit because it was — you guessed it — anonymous.
But this might work as a great way to interact with someone, instead of sending them a DM. Plus, the person who asked the question can re-share their friends' answers in their own Story. The reply feature in the question sticker can help you keep the conversation going.
"Though you’re able to see who submitted each response in your viewers list where it’s private, when you share that response in your story, your friend’s photo and username will not be shown," read Instagram's statement.
It's no secret Instagram Stories is Marc Zuckerberg's favourite step-child. Get it? Cuz, he got it from Snapchat.
Reports emerged earlier this year that Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger had initially refused to build the feature, which is basically a total lookalike, but Zuckerberg personally requested it.
The Stories feature was rolled out in 2016 and since then, Zuckerberg and Co. have received significant backlash for copying the basics of the feature from Snap. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel also threw some shade recently.
After last year's poll sticker found great popularity among users, Instagram Stories last month launched the soundtrack feature, which lets you access its music library to choose a song to go with your Story.
The Question sticker is available on version 52 of Instagram on both iOS and Android.