Instagram introduced a new feature, allowing users to share video Notes. The update expands on Instagram’s status feature, Notes, which initially allowed only text or emoji posts. Now, users can share a brief two-second looping video Note visible to mutual followers or Close Friends for 24 hours.
“New test on Instagram. This week, we started testing the ability to post selfie videos in notes. Soon, people will be able to update their default profile photo in notes with a short, looping video. You’ll still be able to share a thought via text to accompany the video. If you start seeing videos in notes, let us know what you think,” Mosseri said.
Here’s how to post a Short Video Note on Instagram:
- Go to your inbox.
- Tap on your photo in the Notes tray.
- Click the camera button on top of your photo.
- Tap the record button to capture a two-second video.
- If desired, add text to your video.
- Post your video Note once you’re satisfied with the content.
Now, when your friends reply to your Note, they can do more than just text. Instagram is rolling out new response options, allowing your friends to reply using audio, photos, videos, gifs, and stickers. If your friend responds to your Note with, let’s say, a photo or a sticker, it will be sent to you as a direct message (DM).
Is this Feature Relevant?
The introduction of Video Notes seems intriguing, but its relevance is questionable. Video Notes deviate from the original purpose of Notes, which was a text-based feature similar to posting on X (formerly Twitter). Considering we already have Stories for sharing short videos or photos, the addition of Video Notes might create confusion and overlap in functionality.