Google seems deeply inspired from Instagram’s popular ‘Stories’ feature. We are getting the hint as the search engine conglomerate is testing a similar feature to be used within its search results.
Google AMP Stories Feature on Roll
Dubbed AMP stories, the feature will allow publishers to create tap-through content pieces with hyperlinks that users can click to navigate to any web page on the web. This is where ‘AMP Stories’ is different from similar feature available in Instagram and Snapchat. Instagram and Snapchat stories are limited to their own ecosystem and must be viewed within that, whereas AMP stories are just like any other piece of content on the internet.
Moreover, since AMP Stories are HTML web pages built on the technical infrastructure of AMP, Google will indexed them for Google Search on mobile and render them instantly. Publishers are required to host each AMP story on their own site for utilizing the feature.
Since publishers will be able to host AMP stories on their websites, the content will be there as long as publishers want it to be. To make the publishing content on AMP Stories easy and clutter free, Google will provide publishers layout templates, standardized UI controls, and components for sharing and adding follow-on content.
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Publishers can use images, videos, and text in their AMP Stories. Google has also created a tutorial with information on how to get started with the feature. As of now, Google will start indexing AMP stories in search results on a limited basis and from the following publishers:
- Conde Nast
- Vox Media
- The Washington Post
Google has big plans for AMP Stories feature rollout. The company may expand AMP stories across search results over a few weeks from now with new content type to more of its products.
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