Instagram’s Adding Some New Tricks, Including Text-Only Stories Screens and GIFs
users have reported a few different options in testing, expanding the possibilities of what you can do within the app.
First off, they’ve added a new text-only Stories option, called ‘Type’, which enables you to create a blank screen over which you can overlay text.
It’s fairly basic, and you’ve been able to do this manually to some degree since Stories was first introduced, but they have also added some new text tricks and fonts to spice things up (as reported by WABetaInfo)
Instagram now lets some users slap background-less GIFs sourced from Giphy onto their Instagram Stories. Rolling out for wider testing with a Giphy-branded design, the new GIF sticker engine could further differentiate Instagram Stories from Snapchat, which has yet to embrace the animation GIF trend.
It appears that Giphy has worked with Instagram to create a special search engine for a library of GIFs designed to be overlaid over photos and videos rather than being shared by themselves. The backgrounds and transparent bits of these GIFs have been cut out so they mesh into your imagery.
They’re all small updates, for sure, but each adds something more to the Stories experience, and the new GIF option, in particular, could prove very popular, adding another weight to the scales in their battle against Snapchat.