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Instagram just added a new feature called Stories. Instead of posting carefully-chosen photos, Stories lets you post a bunch of photos throughout the day. And at the end of that day, those photos disappear.

Sound familiar?

That’s because it’s very, very much like Snapchat’s My Story feature. Only, with fewer filters and lenses (at least for now). Here’s how it works.

Making your stories is a lot like Snapchat

Stories are temporary videos or photos that are strung together to form a gallery that, well, tells a story.

Here’s how to create one:

  1. Tap on the plus button found on the top left-hand side of your homescreen or swipe left in your Feed. You can also quickly launch Stories by swiping right from the main screen.
  2. Tap the circle button at the bottom of the screen to take photos or tap and hold to record a video. Y
  3. Edit the photos or videos with text or add a drawing as you normally would. If you hit the pen icon, there are three types of pens. The third one makes your sketch look like a neon sign.
  4. Tap Done to save your story.
  5. Tap the checkmark button to share to your story.

The photos and video you chose for your story will now be a series that people can swipe through for 24 hours. A colorful circle will appear around your profile photo to let your followers know you have a story to view and profile picture will also pop up at the top of your followers’ Feeds. All they need to do is tap on your face to see your story.

If you have a habit of adding things to your social media accounts which you later regret, good news! Stories can be removed. Tap on the three dots at the bottom right of the photo or video you’d like to delete, hit Delete then confirm.

reference : http://www.cnet.com/