Instagram is testing new updates that are meant to facilitate interaction among users in smaller groups. These include new ways to respond to Notes, an ‘Events’ feature, and a ‘Nearby feed’ for Stories.
Users will soon be able to reply to Notes with all kinds of content: audio clips, photos, videos, GIFs, and stickers. Notes was originally launched in December last year and has gained popularity mainly among younger users. Instagram has since been adding a variety of engagement options within the functionality, such as music, video clip loops, and more.
‘Events,’ on the other hand, is a new feature designed to create in-stream chat groups dedicated to specific private or public gatherings and celebrations. It could be considered as a virtual gathering space where members can share updates, photos, and videos amongst themselves.
The new Stories feed ‘Nearby feed’ is specifically curated to show users public Stories posted by accounts including businesses in their area. Another update for Stories is the addition of a setting that allows users to filter the content that appears in their Stories – more specifically, updates from others who follow them and vice versa.
The common element in all these updates, as apparent, is Meta’s attempt to enable connections within smaller groups and social spaces.