The Social Media App Wants To Increase Creativity By Expanding Reels From 30 To 60 Seconds
It’s the update that no one was really waiting for: Instagram has extended the maximum ‘Reels’ length from 30 to 60 seconds.
The social media giant announced the update this week by tweeting a humorous meme, implying that a 30-second extension to Reels will open your mind.
Reels. up to 60 secs. starting today. pic.twitter.com/pKWIqtoXU2
— Instagram (@instagram) July 27, 2021
Instagram seems to have followed in the footsteps of its rivals, TikTok and YouTube; TikTok now allows videos up to three minutes, whilst YouTube Shorts can be up to 60 seconds long.
What’s more, Instagram has added a captions sticker for Reels, meaning users can now convert audio into text-based captions, and is trialling a similar vertical-display format to TikTok for a Reels-style Explore section.
#Instagram is working on a Reels-style Explore section 👀
ℹ️ When opened, the Explore section will remain the same as now but by selecting a post the view will be like a #Reels clip.
ℹ️ Posts with multiple photos behave like stories, so you can tap left and right to view them. pic.twitter.com/fkhlP2Y7Dq
— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) July 26, 2021
As these new features show, Instagram are consistently updating ‘Reels’ to give users a better vertical-scrolling experience, so TikTok, you better watch out!
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