If you have ever used Facebook or WhatsApp stories, you must have noticed an option to put up plain text-based stories, against colorful backgrounds. A similar option has also been around on WhatsApp DM replies. And now, the same is being tested for Instagram Stories.
First pointed out by TNW, ‘Type’ is a new option being tested within Instagram Stories, which allows you to add text against different gradient backgrounds. It allows you to choose from the recently introduced new fonts. You can’t change the color of the text though.
But what you can also try in this mode is an image in the background in low opacity, layered with the given options of color gradients. You can do that by adding text, and choosing the color gradient that you want on top of your background image. Then just add text on top and you are good to go.
Pro tip: The picture with gradient tint on top is a good way to tease an image.
As mentioned, the feature is still in a testing phase. So if you are not able to see it on your app yet, it will come to you when Instagram rolls it out to all. Although, we have been able to see the feature available on a bunch of iOS and Android devices around us, but that could be pure coincidence.
Additionally, Instagram is apparently testing another feature, which is yet again borrowed straight out of Snapchat’s books. According to WABetaInfo, Instagram is also testing the ability to send a notification when someone takes a screenshot of your story.
Previously the company supported notifications for screenshot of direct messages, but this is the first time we’ve seen it for stories. That said, it does cut you some slack – it won’t notify users of your first offense, but will do so after your second strike.