Instagram stories may no longer be free to all pretty soon.
Instagram, one of the most-used social media platforms in the world, is now looking to introduce a new feature on its app. In an unknown period, Instagram confirms the existence of ‘Exclusive Stories.’ This means, celebrities and personalities may soon charge their fans in viewing their Instagram stories online. Here’s how it works.
You need to pay Instagram stories soon!
On Wednesday, June 30, Tech Crunch reported Instagram’s own version of Twitter’s Super Follow feature. However, instead of followers, the image-sharing platform aims to charge fans of viewing stories of their favorite artists and personalities.
Recently, screenshots of the said Instagram ‘Exclusive Stories’ circulated all over Twitter. Led by reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi on Twitter, he was able to take screenshots of the said paid Instagram feature. However, one thing he noticed, is that the stories themselves cannot be screen-capped by phones or computers. Thus, justifying the logic that fans who paid for the said service will be the only ones seeing the ‘Exclusive Stories.’
What Instagram has to say
It was first thought to be a fake feature. Until the social media app suddenly confirmed the said ‘Exclusive Stories.’ Although, they said via Tech Crunch that the ‘Exclusive Stories’ is still under internal prototype, which means the feature is not yet available in public.
Only limited information were available about the said new feature since Instagram hasn’t explained it further more. One thing to know about is that creators, who want to let their fans pay for stories, will see a new prompt on their pages saying, “save this to a Highlight for your Fans,” explaining that, by doing so, “fans always have something to see when they join.”
For now, the feature is not yet available anytime soon so you are still free to view anyone’s public stories.
Instagram to expand subscriptions
As of today, Instagram has no paid features on its sleeve that users might be affected with. But, based on last Instagram Creator Week, paid subscriptions could soon be added on the app.
“We need to create, if we want to be the best platform for creators long term, a whole suite of things, or tools, that creators can use to help do what they do,” said Instagram Head Adam Mosseri. “I think it’s super important that we create a whole suite of different tools, because what you might use and what would be relevant for you as a creator might be very different than an athlete or a writer.”
Mosseri also added that paid subscriptions between creators and their fans established more of their deep relationships than before. And that’s a thing Instagram is looking out for in the future.
“The second is ways for users to actually pay creators directly — so whether it is gated content or subscriptions or tips, like badges, or other user payment-type products. I think there’s a lot to do there. I love those because those give creators a direct relationship with their fans — which I think is probably more sustainable and more predictable over the long run,” he added.
Would you pay for Instagram stories?