As users continue to plead for chronological timelines and an algorithm that allows all of their followers to view their content, Instagram has given us a Notes feature instead.
The app has rolled out this feature that allows up to 60 characters, serving as a way for users to share short messages detailing what’s on their minds. These messages, modeled after tweets, are conversational pieces encouraging interaction. To leave a note, simply go to the top of your inbox, select people you follow back or those in your Close Friends, and your note will automatically appear at the top of their inbox for the next 24 hours. Any replies to the message will come directly to your DM.
Meta, Instagram’s parent company, is already looking for ways to expand Notes, with a distinct interest in using it to rival Twitter. In fact, Meta is exploring whether or not this new function can be turned into a separate platform with a similar news feed to that of Twitter. If that is not possible, Instagram Notes may get an elaborate new tab within the Instagram app.
Instagram Notes is just one of several new features. Instagram Stories has also updated its “Add Yours” button, which enables followers to participate in the trend by sharing their own interpretations. Users can now tap “pass it on” to invite friends to participate. Another new update is “Group Profiles,” which allows multiple users to share one profile. Posts shared to a Group Profile can only be seen by group members as opposed to followers.
Only some users have access to these new features as Instagram continues to tweak the updates. All accounts should see these new displays in the upcoming days.