Instagram Now Lets You Share More Personal Stories With a "Close Friends" List
Good news, folks: sharing those embarrassing double-chin selfies and drunken midkaraoke serenades on your Instagram Stories with everyone but your boss or parents just got a whole lot easier. The app is rolling out a new feature dubbed "Close Friends," which allows you to share certain Stories with a curated list of friends rather than with everyone who follows you. So yep, you pretty much don't need that "Finstagram" anymore.
Here's the scoop on how to utilize the "Close Friends" feature once your Instagram updates. To add pals to your list, click the "Close Friends List" button in the menu on the right-hand side of your profile. Simply tap the green "Add" button to build your group. Your friends won't get notified when you add or remove them, and only you can see your list. When you're ready to share a personal photo or video (like, say, one of those aforementioned embarrassing selfies), simply capture it and click the green circle logo with a white star in the middle to send that content to your closest pals instead of to all of your followers.
A few more details to note: if someone has added you to their personal list, you'll see a green "Close Friends" badge while watching their Stories, and there will be a green circle around their profile picture in the Instagram Stories section at the top of your newsfeed instead of the usual pink-purple ring. Keep reading to see a quick breakdown on how the fun feature works, and get ready to build your lists.