The social media obsessed world that we live in requires us to post every excruciating detail of our lives to the internet.
To help facilitate this, Instagram started Instagram stories in August 2016, with Live Stories later added in November 2016.
I’m sure you’re all familiar with how it works, but just in case you’ve been on a social media cleanse for five years, it’s a temporary multimedia post that is supposed to tell a story.
And, if you’re going to insist on posting every sandwich, every shadow, and every selfie to the story feed, then you might as well make it interesting.
Mashable found this handy tutorial that helps you make your story “a bit GIF-ier”. No, we aren’t going to argue about the pronunciation of ‘GIF’. Just let it go.
Step 1: Grab your GIF
Instagram has partnered with Giphy, so you already have access to a ton of GIFS. Giphy doesn’t have all of the GIFs though, so you might want to bring one in from the outside.
…with this trick, noticed by Matt Navarra on Twitter, users can copy a GIF from, say Google Images, Tumblr, or GIF sites, paste it natively in an Instagram Story, and then arrange it however you want. The world of GIFs is your oyster.
Android users are able to take GIFs directly from the third-party keyboard, while iOS users can copy from third-party keyboards as well as apps.
In other words, a third party keyboard is your friend.
For Boomerang, Superzoom, Focus, Rewind, Normal and Hands-Free Instagram Stories, click to input text, as you typically would. Then switch to your desired third-party keyboard, find an image or GIF, copy it, and then paste it in. I’ve tested this with Giphy and Bitmoji keyboards and the results were terrific — that’s right, whereas Bitmoji was originally a Snapchat exclusive, this trick now makes it available on Instagram.
Step 2: Make like Missy Eliot and put your GIF down, flip it, and reverse it
My favorite part about this trick is the ability to manipulate the GIF. For instance, take a GIF of Young Donna from Mamma Mia! and turn her upside-down. Or throw some loving puppies on a slant, add some glittery sparkles, change the world.
Now there’s no excuse to post a boring snap of your breakfast ever again.
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