The one thing you should know before voting on Instagram polls

Isaac Cain
October 6, 2017

Users can add a poll when adding a picture to their Instagram "story", and can see what their followers choose.

Profile photos and user names redacted for privacy.

In a bid to boost the popularity of the Stories feature on Facebook, the company had rolled out Stories for desktop users earlier this year in August, and now they seem to be taking on a new approach to growing its popularity.

Instagram did mention that votes would be public when it announced the feature on its blog and in the app. "We are always working to make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you", a Facebook spokesperson told the publication.

When the gargantuan social network launched Facebook Stories - essentially the same feature as Instagram Stories, which is essentially the same feature as Snapchat Stories - everyone said "meh".

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"You now have the option to share your Instagram Stories to your Facebook Stories".

Facebook and Instagram have tied their platforms closer together, in a setup that will satisfy heavy social media sharers. It could also help Facebook Stories gain traction. The new option would cut down the trouble of manually uploading Stories on each platform separately. After it started gaining widespread popularity in the beginning of 2017, they released the Stories feature onto Facebook too. Have you ever used Stories on Facebook?

To make use of the new feature, first look for the "Poll Sticker", select it, and put it wherever you want it.

You will then see an option that allows you to switch on the "Shre your story to Instagram" option.

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