Instagram’s emoji slider is a new way to poll your friends

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Instagram has announced a new variation of its polling sticker for Stories: now there’s an emoji slider that lets you ask and answer questions with an animated emoji on a sliding scale.

The sliding scale allows users to ask people “how” instead of simply picking between two options, using an emoji of choices to add context to the question. For example, you could have a slider to ask how an artist’s new single is or how ️ friends like their food. The emoji will animate as you drag it up or down the scale, and you can check in on how individual friends answered as well as see the overall average of all responses.

To add an emoji slider sticker in your Instagram story, choose one from the sticker tray (where you find other options like poll and location) after you take a photo or video. Then place it, write out a question, and choose the emoji you’d like to use. (Instagram says you can use “almost any emoji from your library.”)

Instagram’s emoji slider should be available as part of the latest Instagram update for Android and iOS.


And yet I still can’t just see photos in the order they’re posted. I really, truly hate Facebook and what they’ve done to this app. But, without viable alternatives, there’s nothing to be done. Such bullshit.

If we saw photos in the order they’re posted, you’d likely never reach the end of the list. Algorithm definitely needs tweaking, but I don’t think chronological order is quite the answer…

It was fine for years. There’s a finite number of photos and at some point you’d realize you have reached the last photo you saw when you were in the app. People’s photos are missed completely now because of the algorithm because unless you maniacally like EVERY photo in your feed, they act like you care about some people more than others and only show you there’s with any real frequency. I follow everyone purposefully, I want to see their photos. To borrow a phrase from some of the writers here: it’s completely user hostile and there is no reason for the algorithm other than tech douchebags telling us what we want. They’re wrong.

I don’t even have regular polls on my main account yet…. wtf is up with these rollouts??

What device are you on?

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