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Instagrams new Stories sticker lets you ask your followers to join a new group chat

Instagrams newest Stories sticker lets people ask their followers to join a new group chat and then gives the poster the power to select who can join. The new feature, called the chat sticker, joins a bunch of other stickers Instagram has introduced to Stories, including polls, question boxes, mentions, locations, hashtags, and countdowns, among others. The chat sticker is relatively straightforward, and Instagram is positioning it as a solution for people who want to have a big group conversation about something or for making plans.

If someone places a chat sticker on their story, friends can tap the sticker to request access to the chat. The original poster can then choose who they want to include in the new chat, which will take place in their direct messages inbox. They can then end that chat at anytime.

This feature seems designed for people who interact with their real friends on Instagram; Im not totally sure how influencers would use the tool. Maybe they could start a conversation with their fans, but that could get unwieldy. The chat sticker specifically harkens back to when Instagram wasnt just a tool fo