How to Use Instagram's New 'Close Friends' Feature

iStock.com/Martin Dimitrov
iStock.com/Martin Dimitrov

If you’ve opened up Instagram in the last few days, you may have noticed a new feature, one that looks pretty disconcerting at first glance: Instagram is telling you that you have no friends. Or at least no “close friends.” The social app has rolled out a new feature—your “close friends” list—which allows you to share your Instagram stories with a select group of people all at once, instead of blasting them out to all of your followers or sending them to each of your besties one at a time.

Why bother? As Lifehacker points out, the list allows you to walk the line between making your Instagram totally private and having the entire world see that story of you drinking wine without pants on next to your cat.

So how do you add your besties to your close friends list, and how do you actually share pics with them?

A screenshot of Instagram's close friends page
Search for friends to add to your list or use Instagram's suggested profiles feature.
Screenshot, Instagram

Adding to your close friends list is pretty easy. If you go to your profile, you can click the top right-hand corner of the screen and scroll down to the close friends option. Once you get to the close friends page, you can search for users to add. Instagram will also suggest people for you to add to the list based on people you’ve messaged lately. Don’t worry if you add someone by mistake. They won’t be notified that you’ve put them on your list, and you can just click “remove” to get rid of them.

Now, it’s time to share a photo. Go up to the top-left corner of your feed or swipe left to start a new story. Once you’ve got a video or an image to share, click the green star at the bottom of the screen to send it to your close friends list.

An Instagram story reads 'Hello, welcome to my close friends list' on a bright orange and pink background.
How your Instagram story will appear to your close friends
Shaunacy Ferro, Instagram

You’ll be able to see your Story in your feed, as will the people on your list, but your general followers won’t. The story will have a green “close friends” button at the top of it to let you know that it’s not a public image. The recipients will see the same tag, so they will know it's just for their eyes. (And that you love them enough to put them on your list.) If you want to edit your list to add or remove users, you can tap that green button on your Story to go straight to your list.

Many hardcore Instagram users already have “Finsta” accounts that they only share with their close friends, maintaining a whole different account for public consumption. Now, Instagram is just baking that idea into a feature in its Stories section, allowing users to limit the reach of their images without having to go through the hassle of hopping from one account to another.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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Does the Dryer Eat Your Socks? Use This Simple Laundry Hack to Solve the Problem

You never have to search for your missing socks again.
You never have to search for your missing socks again.
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Doing laundry is never fun, but when your pile of apparel emerges with socks missing, it can turn into an investigation worthy of a homicide detective. Whether they're Nike, Gucci, or Gold Toe, no sock is immune to foul play—and typically, no suspect can ever be located.

Socks get “lost” when they cling to the washer drum, disappear into a pair of pants, or fall out of the hamper on their way back to the sock drawer. It’s also possible for a washer to “eat” a sock by allowing it to tumble out of the drum and get stuck in an inaccessible portion of the appliance. Some socks have even made it to the water drain or pump in their desperate bid to avoid your feet.

Reader’s Digest has a solution to this phenomenon: Use a safety pin. When you take your socks off, clip them together with the pin. By utilizing this sock buddy system, the pair will never be separated in the wash. It’s also far less likely for a pair to be obscured by other clothing or to cling to a hidden surface like the washer or fall by the wayside in a crevice.

If you’re concerned safety pins might damage your washer, you can opt for plastic sock clips like Loc A Sock. A pack of 40 clips is just $15 on Amazon.

[h/t Reader’s Digest]

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