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Instagram will soon be removing 'swipe-up' links... What's the alternative?

24.08.2021 09:32 AM
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Instagram will soon be removing 'swipe-up' links... What's the alternative?
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Instagram will soon be removing 'swipe-up' links... What's the alternative?
Instagram is reportedly getting rid of the swipe up gesture to access links in Stories and replacing it with stickers. Some users have reported that they have received a notification in the app stating this change and that it will be implemented from August 30. Users who post Instagram Stories can add links to them and viewers can use the swipe up gesture while watching the story to access the link.

YouTuber Sam Sheffer posted a screenshot of the message that users are apparently receiving from Instagram.

“Starting August 30, swipe up links will go away. To add a link to your story, use the new link sticker,” the message read. This message has not yet reached all Instagram users yet so it is unclear if this will be a global rollout.
     - A streamlined stories creation experience - Stories stickers, like Donation, Music, Poll, and now Link, help you further express yourself and share what matters to you on Instagram - in this case links.
     - Added creative control - The sticker looks and functions the same way as others (i.e. question, poll, and location) - providing increased creator control. It can toggle to different styles, be resized, and be placed anywhere on your story for maximum impact.
     - Further engagement - We also know that engagement and closeness are important to people. Users can receive quick reactions and replies on posts that have the link sticker, like any other story that is shared (e.g. the tray of emojis), whereas you couldn't receive feedback with the “swipe-up” link.
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