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Instagram announced Tuesday the launch of Notes, a new way to share short messages with text and emoticons, and said it is testing other new tools, including Candid Stories, which gives users the ability to capture an image with both phone cameras at the same time, in the style of the BeReal app.
Notes, currently being made available to all users, allows users to share messages of up to 60 characters with followers or groups of followers, Instagram’s owner Meta said in a statement.
These short texts will appear for 24 hours at the top of the recipients’ inbox, and they will be able to reply to them with traditional messages.
According to the social platform, this tool responds to the desire of many users to have an easy way to share what they are thinking and start conversations, for example asking for recommendations or reporting on something they are doing.
In addition, Instagram plans to offer the possibility of creating new group profiles so that several people can share images and videos with each other, without these being seen by all followers.
On the other hand, the company announced that it is testing a tool it has named Candid Stories, which will allow users to capture and share images of what they are doing at that moment with other contacts who are also doing the same thing.
After posting their first Candid Stories, users will receive a daily reminder to share a new image.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the feature is similar to what is offered by the BeReal app, which has recently gained a lot of popularity with a more spontaneous image that includes a shot taken with both the front and rear cameras.
Thus, users – who periodically receive notifications to share images – often show themselves and what they are currently seeing.