YouTube and Instagram Stories offer more interaction and targeted content

Instagram Update: What Are 'Close Friends' On Instagram? How to Use New Story Sharing Feature

Instagram close friends feature is introduced with the intention that sometimes there are a few pictures we don't want to share with everyone.

In its latest update, Instagram has announced a twist on private sharing, enabling users of the platform to post Stories to a limited group of followers.

Instagram is adding alternative text support for photos to better describe what is on them and help more people with disabilities like vision impairment, or blindness and are forced to use a screen reading service such as Talkback from Google. When users select that, a message will appear that says, "Add People to Your Close Friends List".

Once you have made your list, you will be able to share to your close friends by tapping the green circle whenever you capture a photo or video for Stories. Friends aren't notified when you add them to the list, or if you remove them later, and they can't request to be added. No wonder the Stories feature boasts of more than 400 million daily activities users (DAU).

YouTube is expanding its Instagram-like feature, Stories, to more creators.

A description of the "Close Friends" feature on Instagram.

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This is very handy when you want to share insane stuff that isn't meant for the general public but only your clique.

Once you click on the hamburger icon, you'll find the "Close Friends List" as the fourth option. Note that this is amendable each time you post a new piece of content to your Instagram Stories, so you can change your mind at any point.

Users can also access their "Close Friends" list by going to their own profile and then selecting the three lines in the upper right corner.

Once they choose to "Add to List" they'll see a list of suggestions from Instagram of people they interact with frequently and can add to their list.

Once that's done, you can create a story just for those people. It's also important to note that one way to tell if someone has added you to their list is you'll see a green badge when you're looking at their Story.

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