Telegram announced on Monday that Stories are now available to all users. The tool, which was initially rolled out to premium subscribers last month, is now available to all users on the platform. This feature has certain tweaks and enhancements compared to features on competing social media platforms. In addition to new privacy settings, the social media platform has also introduced new camera features that can be used when posting stories. While all users get more detailed statistics than any other platform, Telegram Premium users also get a unique incognito mode on Telegram.
in a blog post, Telegram announced the rollout of stories to all users. The platform claims it’s one of the most popular features on the platform, and says it took months to develop because it supports social media apps on nearly every social media platform, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Signal and WhatsApp. Functionality was improved.
Users will be able to view stories in an expandable section at the top of the screen. A quick tap on a story lets them share, reply privately, or react. A single click will send a heart emoji reaction, while a long press will allow users to choose from a range of other emoji to react to.
A big upgrade to the Stories feature is the new dual-mode camera, which allows users to post a single story using both the rear and front cameras. This provides the picture-in-picture-like layout we get during video calls. Users will be able to take a photo or video with the rear camera and most of the screen will be covered by that image or video, while output recorded with the front camera will appear in a smaller circle in the upper left corner of the screen. Screen.
Like Instagram, Telegram will allow users to add text, drawings, stickers and location tags to their stories. User can also add other images from gallery or search for any GIF option to add to story. The new update also supports subtitles — where users can enter a longer text description, tag a friend, or add a link.
Privacy settings in Telegram have been updated with granular controls, and the app offers four subsections – Everyone, My Contacts, Close Friends, and Selected Contacts. According to Telegram, these can be further customized. Users can also select contacts who will never be able to view any of their stories. By default, stories from someone’s contacts will appear on their profile.
The duration of the story can also be determined by the user. The time can be 6, 12, 24 or 48 hours and they can also post stories to their profile where both old and new contacts can view the stories in a grid format.
Another big update to Telegram’s stories feature is that, unlike any other platform, users can edit their stories. For example, changing any single element of a story is not allowed on Instagram once published. People have to delete the story, make the desired changes, and re-upload the story. However, with this update, Telegram allows users to edit any element of a story at any time – from its visibility, title, screen text, stickers or anything else.
Users can view read receipts for their stories and sort them by most recently viewed first or by reactions first. Telegram Premium subscribers can enable incognito mode, which removes the view from all stories they had open within 5 minutes before enabling the mode, and hides what they view for the next 25 minutes.