via Independent : Instagram has redesigned its Stories panel, in an attempt to get people to engage with the posts more.
Stories already have pride of place at the very top of the main feed, but they also appear mid-feed, within a panel that’s sandwiched between regular posts.
It’s this “re-engagement” panel that Instagram has decided to rework, making Stories much more prominent.
In it, users’ circular profile pictures now sit on top of large preview tiles, which take up much more space.
These tiles are also far more eye-catching than the plain white background that usually sits behind the Stories circles.
However, the new-style re-engagement box can look rather garish, due to the clash of colours and the lack of space between tiles.
The redesign was first spotted by Matt Navarra and Chris Messina, who posted screenshots to Twitter.
According to TechCrunch, Instagram has no plans to replace the smaller, more subtle Stories bar above the main feed with the new design.
Instagram Stories has been a huge hit since launching last year, and now has 250 million daily users.
Fewer people – 170 million – use Snapchat, the app that actually created the feature.
To mark Halloween, Instagram has rolled out a new Superzoom Stories feature and a number of themed filters and stcikers.