New sharing features on Instagram

New sharing features on Instagram

By Valentina Tuta

Whether it’s catching up with friends or exploring shared interests, connecting with others is why people come to Instagram. That’s why the developer’s tema has brought several updates to help us feel closer to people we care about. Let’s see!

Share Your Thoughts

They’re beginning to roll out “Notes”, a new way to share your thoughts and see what your friends are up to. As you see, “Notes” are short posts of up to 60 characters using text and emojis and are as simple as its name. You just have to go to the upper part of your inbox and select the followers you follow back or people on your Close Friends list, and that’s all, your note will appear at this place for 24 hours. Plus, replies to notes will arrive as DMs in your inbox.

So, Instagram’s main goal here is give users a lightweight, easy way to share what’s on their mind and start conversations. From asking for recommendations to sharing what they’re up to, and that is exactly what “Notes” will give you.

Create Moments With Friends

People enjoy sharing throughout their day to Stories (from highlights to the more everyday moments). For that reason, the IG’s team is testing new features in Stories to help people more easily share in spontaneous, fun ways to help create even stronger connections with friends. Let’s take a look at what they are thinking.

  • Add Yours nominations:

Last year, the company launched a feature called “Add yours” and the truth is that since then it has become one of the favorites. Then, this time Instagram wants to add an update that allows you to invite friends to participate by tapping pass it on when you see a prompt that reminds you of them.

  • Candid Stories:

Likewise, they’re trying “Candid”, a new way to capture and share what you’re doing right now in a story that’s only visible to those who also share their own. You can capture a “Candid” from the stories camera, the multi-author story at the top of feed, or from the daily notification reminder that starts after your first candid. For those who don’t want to receive the daily notification reminder, you can always turn it off in your Settings.

Collaborate and Keep Up With Groups

Currently, the users have been creating group chats on Instagram to share content, bond over memories and even make plans with friends. Then, they have decided to give people more ways to collaborate and connect with friends in groups.

  • Group Profiles:

Now, people will be able to create and join this new kind of profile to share posts and stories in a dedicated, shared profile with friends! Thus, whenever you share content to a Group Profile, that content will only be shared to group members instead of your followers, and will be posted on the Group Profile instead of your own. Keep in mind that to create a new group profile, you have to tap the +  and select Group Profiles.

  • Collaborative Collections:

Finally, the team is planning to implement a way for people to connect with friends over their shared interests, so they can save their favorite posts in a collaborative collection in their group or DM 1:1. To get started, you can save any post directly to the feed or by sharing it with a friend via DM and saving it from there.


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