INSTAGRAM Notes has added a clever new way to share your thoughts with pals.
The feature launched in the US in December, but is now rolling out across the UK and Europe.
It lets you create mini status updates for friends.
They’re called Instagram Notes, and they’re capped at a maximum of 60 characters.
You’ll see them floating above the heads of people you follow when you go into your direct messages (DMs).
A Note can be made up of a mix of text and emoji – but it has to be kept short.
You can leave your own Note, and share it to either your followers to your Close Friends list.
That Note will then appear at the top of their inbox for 24 hours.
And if someone replies to your Note, it will arrive as a DM in your own inbox.
You can also delete your Note at any time.
“During testing, we learned that people liked having a lightweight, easy way to share what’s on their mind and start conversations,” explained Meta, which owns Instagram.
“From asking for recommendations to sharing what they’re up to, Notes give people a casual and spontaneous way to express themselves and connect with each other.”
Notes are already available in the US, so you should be able to access it right now if you’re there.
And UK users should get access very soon, as the roll-out begins.
Try updating your Instagram app in the Apple App Store for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android.
You likely won’t see many Notes until your pals have updated too.
If you can’t see the feature immediately, don’t panic.
Sometimes roll-outs can take a while before they appear on your phone.
Once you’ve updated, you’ll be able to see and create Notes.
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