Instagram, the Facebook-owned social media network most famous for its ease of use in sharing images, announced that its link stickers, which allow users to include hyperlinks in stories in stickers , will now be available to everyone.
This comes after Instagram started testing this feature in June, but until now it has been limited to only verified accounts or accounts with a large audience.
Depending on the platform, link stickers will be useful for any type of user, whether it’s a business linking their product to writers sharing their content.
How to use link stickers on Instagram?
Instagram does mention, however, that users can benefit from link sharing for better engagement, adding that users sharing misinformation or hate speech will lose access to the feature.
Regarding usage, to add a link, users need to go to the sticker tool present in the top navigation bar that appears after uploading content in the story. Next, the user needs to tap on the “Link” sticker and enter the URL of their content or product.
In June, Instagram said it intended to keep the feature just for stories, with no plans to bring it to the main IG feed or other parts of the app, which is still the case today. ‘hui.
This link sticker feature replaces the old method of swiping that was used to share links earlier from external pages. The latter was discontinued in August, but now with the link sticker it’s much easier than ever to share and use links on the platform that is home to many users.
What else has the platform announced recently?
Apart from that, earlier this month, after two years of long preparation, Facebook announced on October 1 that its two mobile apps, Instagram and Messenger, now support cross-app chat functions.
Facebook said users can manually activate this feature. In fact, 70% of Instagram users can already activate the function of chatting with Messenger users. Currently, the monthly active Instagram users worldwide are over 1 billion.
Messenger is an instant messaging application developed by Facebook itself. At present, the global monthly active users exceed 1.3 billion. These two apps, along with Facebook itself, are one of the most popular social apps in the world.
This cross-app chat feature also supports cross-app communication between group members. Users can use custom themes, chat backgrounds, and custom emoticons. Additionally, this update also provides group voting and also adds astrological style emoticons.