A feature of Instagram that allows users to share links by means of stickers is now in the testing mode. The feature is somewhat similar to the swipe-up feature currently used that only some permitted accounts can use. Instagram’s Head of Product, Vishal Shah, has shared this news with The Verge. According to him, he felt stickers would be a better way for people to put out links, as they can be used by everyone and would not need any specific permissions from Instagram. He also wants to explore how people use these sticker links and benefit the platform and its users.
He also stated how stickers are more trendy and fit in better with the personality of Instagram and introduces simplicity to a pre-existing function. To quote him, “this test brings links into the same kind of overall system, which from the simplicity of system perspective, also makes a lot of sense.” He also adds how sharing links through stickers is somewhat of a futuristic goal that Instagram wants to achieve through this feature. Like an innovation that could be helpful to the users and simple in nature.
This feature will have an essential requirement, but it would not be as demanding as the requirement for having swipe-up link sharing privileges. He also feels that this would help users click on the links and turn these stickers into conversions for the link-sharers, as this can be a much smoother and easier function than the swipe-up feature. So this a small test to see how well this particular feature performs and how well it directs people to those links so that people can promote their work more effectively. It can probably give a slight push and utilize a bit of Instagram’s potential to help people browse web pages more.
For now, these tests are being done to see how different people utilize them. And to keep an eye on how something like this can help the growth of small NGOs and small businesses. Vishal Shah also kept in mind spam and news that can be fake or misleading, which can be a high occurrence on features like this as it is easy for people to divert users to misleading links. But Instagram will be keeping a thorough vision on the spread of misinformation.
This feature would be handy as it would be more accessible and easier to use and integrate into stories. For now, these tests are just running for sticker links to be added to stories. There are no further updates on if it will be introduced to other parts of the platform.
The sticker link sharing feature looks pretty solid and would utilize a lot of information and help many accounts that are not eligible for swipe-up but are eligible enough to share links. This can help businesses grow, good causes to get backed, supply of aid more accessible & much more.