20 January 2023
Instagram has announced a bunch of new features to give users more ways of expressing themselves. There are features for sharing casual and spontaneous thoughts. The majority of these new features are wide releases but a few are also part of initial testing to get user feedback.
The first widely released feature is Instagram Notes which appeared for select users in the past few weeks. Notes allows users to share their casual thoughts or get suggestions with the help of up to 60 characters and emojis. It does not support adding media files of any kind. Each note is visible only to your mutual followers or Close Friends and for up to 24 hours. You can create a new note or check notes from others by visiting the Inbox. If someone replies to your note, it will appear as a new message in the chat.
Candid Stories is the next new feature which is inspired by a popular rival social media app called BeReal. These stories can be posted only once a day after you receive a notification. These are meant to share what you are doing at the moment which is why the name Candid. Your Candid Stories can be seen by only those friends who share their Candid Stories too. Those who do not want to use the feature can disable the daily reminder through app settings.
Next up, we have Group Profiles which is Instagram's new way of allowing you to share content with select users instead of all your followers. You can create a group profile and add members to it which will then act as a separate profile from the main one. All your posts, videos, stories, etc. will be visible only to group profile members. You can create as many group profiles you want by tapping the + icon and choosing Group Profile.
Instagram has introduced Collaborative Collections where people can collaborate with friends to save posts based on shared interests. It can be helpful when you are working on a project with your friends. Posts can be added to a collection either directly from the feed or by DMing it to your friend and then saving it from the inbox.
Lastly, the team is testing a new functionality to the existing Add Yours feature. It is adding a new Pass it on button that you can use to share a particular Add Yours post with your friends. It is to encourage your friends to share their respective posts to a particular Add Yours post.