New Instagram Feature: You Can Now Share Polls in Instagram Stories

Have you ever wanted to survey your Instagram audience about their interests, likes, dislikes, and more? Well, starting today, you can!

Earlier this morning, Instagram announced the launch of new interactive poll stickers on Instagram Stories which lets you ask questions and see results from your followers as they vote.

So whether you want to know how your followers feel about a new product, or what city to host your next pop-up shop, Instagram’s new poll stickers can get you the feedback you want!

Here’s everything you need to know about Instagram’s new poll stickers:

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How to Share a Poll Sticker in Your Instagram Stories

The new feature is super easy to use! After you’ve taken a photo or video for your story, simply select the “poll” sticker and place it anywhere you like.

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You can write out your own question and even customize the poll choices.

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When people see your story, they’ll be able to respond by tapping one of the two options you’ve provided. And once you publish your poll to your story, your followers can vote and see results in real time.

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When you view your own Instagram story and swipe up to see the list of viewers, you’ll be able to see how many votes each option received and how each person voted.

Keep in mind that since polls are part of Stories, the content will disappear after 24 hours.

Other New Creative Tools on Instagram Stories

While poll stickers are definitely the biggest feature to be released this week, Instagram has also released two other new features for Instagram Stories: an eyedropper tool and an alignment tool.

Before the update, if you wanted to add colors to your Stories outside of the presents they give you, you had to make use of a little-known Instagram hack.

No longer!

With Instagram’s new eyedropper tool, you can now take any color from your photo or video and apply it to your text and drawing tools!

You can find the new eyedropper tool on the far-left of your screen when you open the text or drawing tool.

And with Instagram’s new alignment tool, when you position text or a sticker on your photo or video, new blue lines will appear to help you center it or avoid placing it anywhere that might get covered up when someone watches your story.

The alignment tool will also help you snap your sticker back to horizontal when you rotate text or a sticker!

The Benefits of Sharing Poll Stickers in Instagram Stories

Instagram’s new poll sticker is yet another example of Instagram Stories becoming even more interactive, rather than something you quickly scan.

As Instagram says in it’s release, “Whether you’re trying to plan tomorrow’s outfit, choosing which class to take, or figuring out where to go for dinner, now it’s easy to share a two-option poll right in your story.”

But the feature isn’t just for regular Instagram users — there are so many business uses as well!

Whether you want to collect feedback on your products, crowdsource ideas, or simply entertain your followers, poll stickers offer an entirely new way to engage with your Instagram audience!

And while polls in Instagram Stories only allow for two answers questions at the moment, we hope that multiple-choice answers are added in the near future! 

What do you think of this new feature? Let us know in the comments if you would share polls in your Instagram Stories!

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Written By

Benjamin Chacon

Benjamin is a Content Writer at Later and recent transplant from Toronto. You can follow his day-to-day exploits on Instagram @benjaminchacs.