Following the launch of Instagram video, it appears Facebook has changed the way the app’s stories are displayed in the redesigned News Feed.
In general, the social network has already increased the size of images within News Feed. The most recent redesign featured the most dramatic change, affecting almost every image displayed. Now it seems that Instagram stories are getting another size boost.
Specifically, stories that show when an individual liked photos on Instagram have gotten much larger. Previously, this action was displayed in multiple smaller square boxes within one post. Now it’s one big story. You can see an example of this in the screenshot below.
Of course, a size increase wouldn’t matter if it didn’t impact Instagram’s newest feature. Video posts from the app to Facebook are even bigger than the ‘liked photo’ story. This will certainly help your videos stand out among all of the other published content. It also serves as a good reminder to carefully choose which frame gets displayed in the feed, as it’ll be the first thing your fans see.
CNET reported that 5 million videos were uploaded in the first 24 hours following Instagram’s announcement on Thursday. The company noted that individuals were uploading 40 hours of video per minute at the peak of the 24-hour period — that’s quite impressive considering the maximum recording time is 15 seconds.
The only downside to this update is that the new News Feed design hasn’t rolled out to everyone yet. With most significant design changes, Facebook adopts a gradual rollout process. So while some of your fans might see larger images, others might not notice any kind of difference just yet.
Jennifer Beese: Jennifer Beese has worked as a community manager and social media strategist. When she’s not writing, you can find her studying anatomy and physiology—she literally has a skeleton in her closet—or under the stars with her telescope.