Snapchat may soon allow its users to tag their friends on snaps and stories. The feature has been rolled out only to a handful of users, as it’s still being tested.
Short stories may not take as long as novels to put together, but that doesn’t make them any easier to perfect.
Crafting a short story that really sings off the page — one that stays with the reader after the book’s been slotted back on the shelf — is no easy feat.
There are plenty of people who have one hell of a talent for it, though.
From libraries and hospitals to pressed roses and foot fetishes, here are some short stories from female British writers you badly need to check out. Read more…
1. “When the Door Closed, It Was Dark”, by Alison Moore (published in The Best British Short Stories 2011)
If you are an avid Instagram user, you’ve probably noticed the various business ads that have slowly began creeping into Instagram’s own Stories. Fortunately, these are quite user-friendly and can be easily dismissable by simply swiping away. Until now, Instagram allowed businesses to insert only one piece of a photo or video in their story, but this is soon going to change.
Google is launching a new app that’s aimed at sourcing “hyperlocal” stories from citizens. It’s called Bulletin, because, well, it’s the virtual equivalent of a local bulletin board, and just about anyone will be able to contribute to the platform with their own stories and reports once the app receives a global roll-out.
Instagram is always working on improving the user experience by making little changes or additions to the app. Starting today, those who post stories on Instagram will get another tool to use that can make the content they post more interesting to view. Instagram is now allowing stories to contain GIF stickers, which you can easily find through GIPHY. And if that isn’t enough to make you jump for joy, you will soon be able to upload stills and videos of any size, which means that your contributions won’t have to be edited to fit the current portrait layout.
To add an animated GIF sticker …
Snapchat users have so many stories to tell; starting today, certain subscribers to the app will be able to share their stories to people who have not installed the Snapchat app. Stories created by those with official accounts, like celebrities, sports franchises, and politicians, can now be viewed via a link to a Snapchat.com page where they will be hosted. Those without an official account can post comments to a group video and have those comments shared in the same manner.
By allowing stories to be spread to non-members, Snapchat is revealing what kind of content is on its site with the …
In case your Instagram stories have felt a bit lackluster recently, a new change might soon allow you to spice thins up by including a GIF inside, graciously supplied by Giphy. All facts seem to be pointing out that Instagram and Giphy are partnering up to bring the latter’s vast content library to the super-popular social network.
Stories have been a big thing around social media recently. It started off on Snapchat, where teenagers would document little tidbits in their lives, which would disappear in 24 hours. So — the less important stuff. Then Facebook wanted in on that as it saw the user retention strength stories have and started implementing them across its services. It started with Instagram, then added them to Messenger, and then to the Facebook app. And yeah, all three of those are autonomous, meaning you can pretty much run completely different stories over your different apps.
A while ago, Facebook started adding some pizzazz to its apps — Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram — in order to improve user retention and even attract more users. Such features include the virtual face masks / makeup and stories, with special effects, stickers and emoji on video also making an appearance. Any of these sound like they were lifted off of Snapchat? Naaaah…
Anyway, stories are popular, and fully autonomous within apps — if you post a story through your Facebook app, it won’t be visible in Messenger, nor Instagram, and certainly not in Snapchat. …
Instagram has introduced what it calls two new tools for members that will allow them to share their favorite Stories with others. Stories Highlights is a new addition to your Instagram profile. You can now make a “highlights” package showing your favorite Stories grouped together, and allow others to see it. This allows some of your Stories to remain on Instagram for more than 24 hours. In fact, they will stay on the app permanently until you remove them.
You’ll find Stories Highlights on your profile below the biography. To create a Stories Highlight, tap on the “New” circle on the far …