Instagram recently announced that it was testing features that would allow users to further customize their feeds. It was reported in September of this year that the company is also testing features that will allow users to share Reels and feed posts with a customized list of profiles.
The social media platform has already begun to roll out a feature that allows users to select their “audience” before sharing a post on their feed. Instagram has also included new editing tools for Reels, as well as new post filters and better insights.
Instagram’s Close Friends function has been enhanced so that users can send posts and reels to their main feed that are only viewable to people on the list, rather than simply their followers.
Previously, users could only share stories with persons on their Close Friends list. Before sharing a post or Reel, users can select their Close Friends list from the “audience” option by tapping it. Once published, it will have a green star icon, similar to how Close Friends stories have a green circle around them.
Whether a user posts a note, a story, a reel, or a feed post, their Close Friends list remains the identical reason. When someone comments on a story, it is like sending a private direct message to the poster. When a person likes or comments on another user’s Close Friends post or Reel, everyone else in the Close Friends circle can see it.
Instagram also introduced additional editing capabilities for Reels, such as cutting and rotating individual clips. They also stated that they hope to introduce undo and redo options for Reels editing soon. You can also add audio clips to your Reel with the new capabilities.
Ten new English text-to-speech voices have also been introduced, along with new text styles and typefaces available in multiple languages. You can also access the audio page from the top of the camera roll and use outlines in your text in Reels. Another improvement is a more simplified draft preview. You’ll also be able to preview, rename, and schedule your drafts beforehand.
You can now create personalized stickers on the app, similar to WhatsApp stickers. Custom stickers can be made using photos and videos from the user’s gallery as well as those found on Instagram. The app has also added new filters that claim to explore different tones and moods, as well as new insight analytics called ‘Replays’ that track replay metrics alongside first plays.