It is not unusual for teenagers to have a Finstagram. For those who do not know, a Finstagram (Finsta for short) is a combination of the words “fake” and “Instagram”. A Finsta profile is a fake Instagram profile, where users can share their private thoughts with just a couple of followers.
It appears that Instagram is aware of the Finsta trend, and it added a brand new feature named “Close Friends” that should help users who want to be more private on Instagram. The new feature allows you to share your stories just with the people you want. You can see the “Close Friends” option in the side menu on your profile. Use it to add followers to your close friends list. No one else can see the list. Then, when you post a story, you can allow just your close friends to see it. Instagram also explained how this new function works:
Starting today, you can make a close friends list on Stories and share with just the people you’ve added. Instagram Stories has become the place to express yourself and share everyday moments, but our community has grown and sometimes what you want to share isn’t for everyone. With Instagram Close Friends, you have the flexibility to share more personal moments with a smaller group that you choose.
To add people to your list, go to your profile and tap on “Close Friends” in the side menu. Only you can see your close friends list and no one can request to be added, so you can feel comfortable adjusting it at any time. When you share to Stories, you’ll see the option to share with just the people on your close friends list. If someone has added you to their list, you will see a green badge when you’re viewing their stories. You’ll also see a green ring around their profile photo in the Stories tray.
Laura Modin has lived in Las Cruces her whole life. Laura has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The The Santa Fe New Mexican. As a journalist for News Lair, Laura covers national and international developments.