You can now search for Stories on Instagram using location, hashtag

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"From discovering new parts of your own city to jogging alongside the #fromwhereirun community all around the world, location and hashtag stories help you share these experiences as they unfold" Instagram writes. When you switch over to the Explore tab in the Instagram app, you'll see a new ring with Stories from people near you.

Instagram users can now add posts from their personal Stories to nearby locations.

Now people can type a location or hashtag into Instagram's search bar, and the app will return a list of normal results topped by a Story composed of slides from various people's Stories that feature a corresponding location sticker or hashtag.

Instagram launched its own Stories feature last August, which has become increasingly popular.

Whether you're off on a girls' trip, heading to a festival or would just like all your BFF's snaps to sit handily in one place (who has the time to check ALL their friends' Stories, right?) you can unite your social powers with whoever you like to form one super-Story.

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It has been two months since Snapchat rolled out its Stories Search feature. Instagram kept adding more and more features to the story option. It's got a little location pin to indicate it contains stories based on location.

One users, Adeline Morin, said "Facebook stories is a joke".

It is considered to the tech company's latest move to compete against Facebook after Instagram recently copied Snap's face filters option.

The new feature began today, May 23 - so pack your virtual bags and start exploring the world at your fingertips. If you tap on the ring, you will be able to see stories from public accounts with location stickers.

The creator outlines a geofence about "a block in circumference" and only those within the radius can see what is being shared - creators can also designate specific friends who can contribute to the group. But once you do submit it, Snapchat will look at the text captions, emojis, stickers, lenses, geolocation, and meta data plus use machine vision to detect objects or scenes in the Snap to algorithmically index it for search.

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