Instagram adds location and hashtag stories to Explore tab
Instagram has just introduced two new features that will improve the way users discover the world around them on Explore: location and hashtag stories. Both new features will be available from the Explore tab inside the Instagram app and should enable users to see what's happening around them, as well as find stories related to their interests.
A new story ring positioned at the top of Explore gives Instagram users access to all the stories happening near them. It's worth pointing out that these stories will come from users who've used location stickers on their stories.
Moreover, Instagram users can now discover stories happening at just about any location around the world by using the story ring for that place at the top of the location page.
The hashtag stories feature on Explore allows users to find stories related to their interests. Instagram users who include a location sticker or hashtag to their stories may be added to a larger story. If you want privacy, you can tap the X on your stories viewer list so that your story won't appear on Explore.
Keep in mind that location stories on Explore are already available on Android and iOS devices for users who update to version 10.22 via Google Play and App Store. The hashtag stories feature will be rolled out over the coming weeks.