Instagram introduced Notes in December 2022; now it has expanded the feature with some exciting additions, announced by Adam Mosseri – Head of Instagram.
Users can now include a 30-second song clip along with a brief caption in their status updates. Additionally, Instagram has incorporated a translation button for posts written in languages other than the user’s default language.
Notes: Notes on Instagram provide a personal space for sharing short updates with specific individuals, who can respond to them as messages. With a 60-character limit, it offers a compact status option compared to grid posts or Stories.
The inclusion of music adds a nostalgic touch, reminiscent of AIM away messages, but with a modern twist. Now, you can share the song you’re currently listening to by linking it, rather than just mentioning the title and artist.
Here’s how to use Notes:
1. To send a message, tap the icon in the top right corner of your feed
2. At the top of your Chats list, tap your profile picture.
3. Type up to 60 characters in the “Share a thought…” box.
You can mention someone in your note if they allow it.
To add music to your note, tap the audio option.
Pick who can view your note: Close Friends or Followers you follow back.
4. Tap “Share” in the top right corner to post your note.
If you come across a note in your inbox written in a language you don’t understand, simply tap on the note to open it, and you’ll find a “See translation” option. Just tap on it to view the translated version of the note.
These new features will be rolled out to users, starting today.