Instagram has used Direct Messages to provide a way for fellow Instagram users to talk to one another with text, while the primary focus of the social network is still sharing photos and videos to express something.
Instagram stories are a fun way to keep everyone in loop with your personal life without always posting a permanent photo. Though Instagram users tend to have far more followers than on Snapchat, which means your story is exposed to even more people. While that may be good for exposure, you may not want all of those prying eyes seeing what you’re up to.
It’s been quite some time since Instagram rolled out its Carousel feature to advertisers, letting them upload a series of photos at one time, rather than one at a time like the rest of the user base.
Ever since Instagram launched live videos, it has been trying to hound users to get on board with the idea. Whenever anyone you follow starts a live video, you get a push notification about it.