Instagram Brings Mentions, Links, and Boomerang To Stories

Instagram Stories will soon be receiving several big new features that will help users build “deeper connections” and “tell a richer story.” An update rolling out Thursday will bring mentions, links and Boomerang support to Stories. Mashable reports: With the update, users can tag accounts within their Stories just like they’d tag accounts in a photo or video post. When an account is tagged in a Story, tapping their username will link to their account page. Interestingly, unlike photo tagging, being tagged in a Story will notify you within a direct message with the person who tagged you (if a friend tags you in a normal photo post, the notification will appear in your main activity feed.) Tags aren’t the only new way you can interact with Stories. Instagram is also adding the ability to link to web pages within Story posts — for verified account holders. (Instagram says this feature is for verified accounts only for now since it’s still a test but that could change at some point in the future.) Finally, the app is integrating Boomerang — Instagram’s app for one-second videos — directly into Stories. What’s more, Instagram’s built-in version of Boomerang will have a couple of features not part of the main app, like the ability to switch between the front and rear-facing camera and the ability to capture a shorter clip.

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