Only you can see this Close Friends list and no one can request to be added. To access the feature, go to your profile in the Instagram app and select "Close Friends List" in the side menu. On the app, Stories can be customized around a specific event or location, like a concert.
Robby Stein, product director at Instagram, said the feature took more than a year to complete. When you're creating an Instagram Story, you'll now have an additional option called "Close Friends" and marked with a white star on a green background.
Better yet, people that you haven't added to your list won't see any of your designated stories at all, and won't even know that they've been left out. It starts rolling out to users Friday. 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.
They are pushing to improve information safeguards for individual privacy, to combat addiction to social media, and to stop misinformation or fake news.
It's another indication Instagram is not slowing down in the wake of longtime company executive Adam Mosseri taking over after the abrupt departure of Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger in October.
Rival Snap Inc owner of Snapchat, which faces stiff competition from Instagram has been redesigning the app to lure more users and advertisers. As the platform becomes bigger, users may not feel comfortable sharing certain content with a wider audience.
Why did you use Instagram Stories for this project? On the upside, though, you might be able to finally ditch that finsta account.