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Instagram introduces Stay Home story & Co-Watching Features in video chat

by Alicia Brown Application Developer

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, people have enclosed themselves into their homes with deadlock and have maintained social distancing. Amidst all this chaos, the popular social media website Instagram is ramping up its efforts to combat Coronavirus-related myths and misinformations. Instagram has launched a few helpful initiatives during this pandemic. Here is a brief summary of the features launched recently.


Instagram on Tuesday gave more details on what it's doing to protect users updated and safe during the coronavirus outbreak, with the idea that ‘there is no need to browse posts alone at home’.  

Co-Watching with friends

A part of this new feature is named as Co-Watching, which will let you browse posts with your friends during video chats within the app. The feature can be accessed by beginning a video chat through the Instagram Direct messaging tab and tapping the photo icon in the bottom left of the video chat screen. It lets you take a gander at saved, liked, and recommended posts all together with your friends.

‘Stay Home’ shared story

Users can incorporate a new "Stay Home" sticker to stories to promote social distancing while sitting on their comfortable couch and also to show others how they're spending their time during this period of lockdown. 


The individuals who use the sticker will have their stories added to a shared story, which lets different users see all stories with the "Stay Home" sticker in one place. The "Stay Home" feature is available for both Android and iOS users. 


Here are a few thoughts for how to best utilize the new sticker: 


  • Professionals: Show your followers some work-from-home tips to expand profitability and adjust to another workplace. 

  • Content Creators: Exhibit through your content on how to stay safe, practice and learn new skills while staying at home whatever content you share: music sharing, blogging, travlogs etc.

  • Parents: Show how you're adjusting to having your children home from school and offer tips to different other parents. 

  • Fitness aficionados: With exercise centers and gyms shut around the country, this is a chance to share at-home fitness tips with others. 

  • Freelancers: Do you telecommute all the time? Amazing! Offer what you've taken in so others can get benefit from your experience. 


Obviously, you can utilize the sticker anyway you need. Those are only a couple of thoughts that have been adapted from the Search Engine Journal website


Alongside the new feature, Instagram added more stickers both to advise others regarding best practices during the pandemic and to support charities. Talking about stickers, there are stickers that incorporate suggestions to wash hands and maintain a safe distance from others. Also, Donation stickers are accessible to guide individuals to charities and other NGOs who are in need of donations. 

In addition 

To keep its users informed on the most recent COVID-19, Instagram also plans to direct its users to authentic sources such as the World Health Organization and other official health foundations. 



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About Alicia Brown Senior   Application Developer

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Created on Mar 30th 2020 23:47. Viewed 304 times.

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