Instagram has rolled out a number of new features to its platform. The features which is designed to make it easier for users to keep up with their real-world friends. These include Instagram Notes, which allows users to update their friends using just text and emoji, adding a different format for social updates beyond the images and videos that the platform is best known for.

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Instagram Gets New Sharing features, including Notes and Group Profiles

Instagram Notes is a new way to share thoughts and see what friends are up to. Notes are short posts of up to 60 characters using just text and emojis.

Instagram leave a note

To leave a note, users go to the top of their inbox, select followers they follow back or people on their Close Friends list, and the note will appear at the top of their inbox for 24 hours. Replies to notes will arrive as DMs in the inbox.

Other new features are also rolling out to Stories and will introduce new ways to share with groups. Add Yours nominations allow users to invite friends to participate in a prompt by tapping “pass it on” when they see a prompt that reminds them of that friend.

Candid Stories is a new way for users and their friends to capture and share what they’re doing right now in a story that’s only visible to those who also share their own.

Group Profiles allow people to create and join this new type of profile to share posts and stories in a dedicated, shared profile with friends. Whenever content is shared to a Group Profile, that content will only be shared to group members instead of the user’s followers, and will be posted on the Group Profile instead of the user’s own.

Collaborative Collections is a new way for users to connect with friends over their shared interests by saving posts to a collaborative collection in group or 1:1 DMs. Users can start or add to a collaborative collection by saving a post directly from feed or sharing a post to a friend via DM and saving it from there.

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