Instagram Notes is stepping up its game. Since its public unveiling in December 2022, Instagram Notes has permitted users to post status messages for their Close Friends or mutuals. Now, in a new update announced by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Notes will also offer music and translation support.
Previously, Instagram Notes was limited to text and emoji. However, the new Music Notes feature allows users to share a 30-second clip of their favorite tunes. This opens up a fresh avenue for self-expression, allowing users to share their moods, sentiments, or even the song they've been jamming to lately. Users also have the option to caption their Music Note, sharing their thoughts about the chosen song.
Instagram ensures that song clips are accessible across all global markets where it holds music licensing rights.
Another noteworthy feature is Notes Translations. This handy tool translates notes written in foreign languages, promoting an inclusive user experience. Instagram has already incorporated translations in Post descriptions, comments, and Reels. Now, the same functionality extends to Instagram Notes.
The addition of these features to Instagram Notes aligns with Meta's findings that users enjoyed initiating conversations with friends in a fun, light-hearted way. Taking inspiration from Twitter's 'What's happening?' prompt, Instagram Notes encourages users to 'Share a thought...'. These notes, which can consist of up to 60 characters of text or emoji, will appear at the top of friends' inboxes for 24 hours, sparking interaction via Direct Messages.
Instagram Notes has been instrumental in Meta's exploration of text-based updates, ahead of its Twitter clone, currently under development. Although the platform's impact on user adoption and company investment remains to be seen, these fresh updates certainly offer an intriguing prospect for users.
These new features will start rolling out globally today. However, due to the scale of the rollout, they may not immediately appear for all users.