Instagram Launches New Update With Swipeable Carousel For Sharing Multiple Photos
Video and photo sharing platform Instagram now lets you post up to 10 photos or videos as 1 swipeable carousel.
Unlike before with its Snapchat Stories clone feature, Instagram now allows you to share a more complete picture of your experiences in its classic feed.
Today, Instagram launches the ability to share a mix of up to 10 photos or videos as a single carousel post that friends can swipe through.
This feature rind of reminds you of the Facebook carousel feature but more like an Instagram album that collects permanent photos or videos around a theme.
Over the next few weeks, Instagram would be rolling out the feature globally on iOS and Android.
Instagram Executive, Systrom explained the motive behind launching Instagram Stories saying:
“You no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember.”
This furthers Instagram’s quest to be more than where you “only get to see the highlights.”
With this new feature, Instagram hopes to be able to lure in more content to satisfy its voracious 600 million monthly users.
This would take the pressure off posting one perfect photo through Stories, the algorithmic feed, with the new carousel posts.
As an Instagram user, whenever you go to post to the feed, you’ll find a button for selecting multiple photos.
You can then edit up to 10 photos and videos individually or with a single filter on everything, choose their order, and tag friends in each, just the way you do on Facebook.
A single caption and location, as well as likes and comments, will apply to the whole post, similar to what you have on Facebook.
At the moment, every photo shared must maintain the 600×600 pixels square format.
Instagram’s New Swipeable Carousel Feature Scares Snapchat
Once the pictures have been posted to your Instagram feed, friends will see a set of three dots on the post indicating it’s a carousel.
They can then swipe back and forth to see all the photos and videos.
The first photo plus the dots will represent the swipeable carousel on a user’s profile.
Instagram suggests that you could use the new feature to do stuff like:
“Share your favorite moments of your best friend’s surprise birthday party, from setting up to when they walk through the door.
“Or create a step-by-step cake recipe that people can always find on your profile.”
Instagram first launched photo ad carousel posts back in 2015 and expanded those to include video last year.
Now they can share up to 10 images, not just 5.
By bringing this ability to users, Instagram might be able to normalize the practice of swiping on posts, which could get more users exploring the rest of these carousel ads.
And if people feel like they can tell a story without having to use Stories, it’s one more reason not to use Snapchat.
Watch a demo video of Instagram’s new Swipeable Carousel: