Telegram announces Stories with lifespan from 6 hours

Telegram announces Stories with lifespan from 6 hours
For all you storytellers out there, Telegram is releasing a major feature update in July: Stories. Users will be able to choose how long their story post lives: 6, 12, 24 or 48 hours. There's a permanent option, too.

Pavel Durov, Telegram CEO, admits his initial reluctance to adding Stories to Telegram has been wiped away by user pressure after ‘years’ of requests (via 9TO5Mac). In a lengthy message, Durov announces that now it would be even easier to go viral on Telegram:

There’s a user showcase of the new feature:

The 6 key features of Telegram Stories

Durov promotes the update with 6 key points: Privacy, Compact UI, Flexibility, Captions, Dual Camera Support, Optional Ephemerality. Let’s take a closer look at each.

Privacy: Users are given the flexible freedom to define their audience with precision. Instagram, for example, allows users to post stories publicly or only to a Close Friends list. Telegram takes that a step further by letting you choose between the options “everyone”, “only your contacts (with exceptions)”, “a few selected contacts”, or “a list of Close Friends”. This makes it super customizable.

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Compact UI: The Telegram team promises not to intrude. ‘Stories will be placed in an expandable section at the top of your chat list, which makes them easily accessible without taking away valuable space’, points out Durov.

Flexibility: If the story posts by a certain contact are giving you the blues, you can hide them. Just move them to the ‘Hidden’ list on the Contacts section.

Captions: Pretty self explanatory. You can add more context (or links, or tags) by providing captions for your photo/video Stories.

Dual Camera Support: Interesting feature that may become popular as “poor man’s 360° camera”. ‘We’re adding the option to post photos and videos taken by the front and the rear cameras simultaneously’, the Telegram CEO promises.

Optional Ephemerality: Pretty useful for those of you who wish to set your Stories for a timespan different from the ‘traditional’ 24 hours. ‘You'll be able to choose when a story expires – in 6, 12, 24, or 48 hours – or permanently display stories on your profile page, with individual privacy settings for each’, says Durov.

The feature is in its final testing stages and will be rolled out in early July.

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