Instagram has added the ability to search for stories by location and hashtag in Explore.
A new story ring at the top of Explore features stories happening nearby that are coming from users who have used location stickers on their stories. Locations from around the world can be searched for as well, with a story ring for specific places now available at the top of the page.
Users can also search stories by hashtags, which will bring up a ring at the top of the page filled with stories using that keyword. For example, searching ‘#fromwhereirun’ will bring up jogging stories from users across the world.
Individual content can be added to the larger stories by adding location stickers or hashtags. Once a story is added, a line will appear at the top of the stories viewer list, showing how many people have viewed it. Tapping the ‘X’ on this list will make the story not appear on Explore.
The Location stories are available on iOS and Android as part of Instagram version 10.22, which is now available. Instagram says the Hashtag stories will be rolling out “over the coming weeks.”
Source: Instagram blog