You Can Now Poll Your Followers in Instagram Stories

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Instagram today introduced an interactive poll sticker in Instagram Stories that lets you ask a question and see real-time results from followers.

instagram stories poll sticker
After you've taken a photo or video for your story, select the "poll" sticker and place it anywhere on the screen. Then, you can write a question and customize two answer options for followers to choose.

Once the poll has been shared, followers can immediately start voting and see the results. Once someone has voted, they'll see which choice is in the lead at any given moment. The story and poll both disappear after 24 hours as usual.

To see your own poll results, swipe up to open the viewers list for that part of your story. The menu that appears displays how many votes each option received, and you’ll also see who voted and which option they chose.

Instagram Stories has also gained a new color picker for text and brushes, and an alignment tool for text and stickers.

On iOS, when you position text or a sticker on your photo or video, new blue lines will appear to help you center it or avoid placing it anywhere that might get covered up when someone watches your story.

Instagram version 17.0 is available now on the App Store [Direct Link] for iPhone.

Top Rated Comments

mariusignorello Avatar
43 months ago
These developers need to stop being lazy and post their release notes in the app’s metadata.

Maybe Apple should reject app updates that don’t provide useful information.

“Bug fixes” is ok for small updates but new features ought to be mentioned.
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OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
43 months ago

seems like apple lets them or doesn't care either. FB is the worst. updates every week but never says what's updated with the copy and paste notes from the previous.

This is because of the way Facebook (and many others) do their updates. When Facebook adds a new feature, they need to test it first. You can't just roll it out to over 2 billion active users and hope it works right. Instead they test it with a small subset of people. So they need to be able to roll out a new app version that supports the feature but they can't say "here's the new feature" because it's only available to a small number they activate remotely.

There's good reason Facebook and many others do weekly or bi-weekly updates like these.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tzm41 Avatar
43 months ago

This is because of the way Facebook (and many others) do their updates. When Facebook adds a new feature, they need to test it first. You can't just roll it out to over 2 billion active users and hope it works right. Instead they test it with a small subset of people. So they need to be able to roll out a new app version that supports the feature but they can't say "here's the new feature" because it's only available to a small number they activate remotely.

There's good reason Facebook and many others do weekly or bi-weekly updates like these.

This. Although I hate all those copy paste "Small fixes" changelog, this is just the nature of their A/B testing/rollout.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ILikeAllOS Avatar
43 months ago
Wow, one of the only times or possibly the only time I've seen Instagram actually do something new with their Stories instead of just copying Snapchat!
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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