Instagram has released an update which comes with a ‘Close Friends’ list option for those stories that you don’t want widely shared. This update was released on Friday, November 30.
Instagram says the new feature is designed to help users share stories that are more personal with a smaller group of friends. To create the list, users can navigate to their profile and access the new Close Friends List option from the menu. From there, users can see who to add to the list and can also edit that list. A separate tab contains suggested friends to add to the list.
Instagram however says that users can’t request to be on your list, only the friends that you add to the list will be able to see that they are part of the close friends list. A green outline around the profile picture of the user will be seen if they are part of the list, and a green badge while viewing the story to let viewers know not everyone has access to that story.
Instagram’s story sharing options were previously limited in privacy settings, with the options largely limited to setting the entire account as public or private. The feature does, however, join the existing option to list people who shouldn’t see your story. The tool could also help Instagrammers using a public profile to choose to share among just real life friends and not followers.
Instagram says the feature begins rolling out today with the latest Instagram app update, available for both iOS and Android users.