With a new Snapchat-like selfie feature, a host of video and editing tools, and the ability to add colorful hashtags to your post, Instagram's latest update is making Stories even more exciting and interactive. If you are wondering how to use Instagram hashtags, the handy new sticker for sorting and searching Stories, it's easy to use this small new addition with big capabilities. Hashtags are not just for Twitter anymore, people!
The update, released Tuesday, May 16, is making some serious waves by introducing face filters for photo and video to the Instagram community. The new augmented reality feature allows users to choose from eight overlays, so that they can don a butterfly crown, nerd glasses with swirling equations, or transform into a playful Koala or bunny. The subtle filters differ from Snapchat in that they do not entirely cover or augment the shape of the user's face. The addition of a “Rewind” option allows users to play videos in reverse, and an new eraser brush helps remove color from photos and videos and create artistic patterns in your posts.
The hashtag sticker option is the most "original" new addition. Similar to location stickers and mentions, users can now add customized hashtags to stories through stickers or text, linking their posts to similar stories with the tap of a finger. The hashtags allow people to delve deeper into exploring and connecting with posts on the app. As the blog states, "people watching your story will be able to tap the hashtag sticker or text to visit the hashtag page and explore related posts." So, how do you add a hashtag and connect to the greater Instagram community? Just follow these step-by-step instructions and you can utilize Instagram's latest capabilities in your next Story.