Red ring on Instagram

A red empty circle in Instagram around the profile pic or next to his name means that the person posted a new story and still not watched by you. Once you visit their stories and watch it , the red circle will turn into grey circle.
 

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It means that the user has an active "story" to follow. You can either post to the feed or create a story, timeline, or series of snapshots from your day/week.
 
The red ring shows up on Instagram profiles when a story is transferred on the profile. You can add yours by tapping on the upper left corner symbol with your IG profile picture.
 
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