Instagram has unveiled a fresh addition to its platform: two-second video notes that users can now integrate into their status updates. This new feature complements the existing text and emoticon options, providing a brief visual glimpse into users’ lives for a 24-hour period.
Introducing Video Notes
Users familiar with Instagram’s Stories might find the concept of video notes somewhat similar, but these short snippets are distinct in their brevity and functionality. Capped at two seconds, video notes are unlikely to replace the more expansive Stories format. Notably, they’re exclusive to the front-facing camera on smartphones, restricting their creation solely within the Instagram app. Unlike Stories, users can’t source videos from their device’s memory for video notes.
How to Use Video Notes
Posting a video note is a straightforward process. Head to your Inbox, locate the profile icon in the notes section, and tap the camera icon positioned above the photo. From there, users can initiate a two-second recording, which becomes the video note uploaded to their status. Additionally, users have the option to include accompanying text with their video note.
It’s important to note that Instagram initially launched the Notes feature in December 2022, aiming to compete with X (formerly Twitter) by facilitating communication through concise text messages. However, Meta’s introduction of the Threads social network this year has presented a more direct challenge to X’s domain, adds NIX Solutions.
This latest update further diversifies Instagram’s features, adding a new dimension to status updates with succinct yet engaging video notes.