Meta owned Instagram is broadening its Close Friends feature to include not only Stories and Notes, but also feed posts and Reels. This means that users will now have the ability to share their Reels and feed posts with a smaller, more trusted group of individuals, rather than making them visible to all of their followers.
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By @TheLazyAvenger – Instagram’s Close Friends list is now expanding to Reels and posts. The feature already available for Stories allows users to share their posts and reels with a limited number of people on Instagram. #Instagram #Messages https://t.co/dw1H9FJadd
— NeowinFeed (@NeowinFeed) November 14, 2023
According to Engadget, the company stated that Close Friends is utilized by individuals as a stress-free environment to connect with the individuals who hold the most significance in their lives.
The developers are optimistic that by extending the Close Friends option to Reels and feed posts, users will have more opportunities to express their true selves on Instagram, while also having greater control over who can view their content.
Instagram introduces the ability to share feed posts and reels with your Close Friends only.
When sharing a post or reel, you can click on audience and select ‘Close Friends.’ pic.twitter.com/6DlBSiI7I7
— Pop Base (@PopBase) November 14, 2023
The process of sharing a post or Reel exclusively with Close Friends on Instagram is straightforward. To do so, simply click on the Audience button while creating a post or Reel and choose Close Friends. Afterward, tap on the Share button. You will then see a green star label on the post or Reel, indicating that it can only be viewed by individuals on your Close Friends list.
According to the report, the app has made the expansion of this feature more noticeable by replacing the plus button with a green star icon.
Twitter removed close friends so Instagram added this 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/8iiNIi7pgI
— Ansh(Kings day) (@Pvt_insaann) November 14, 2023
In the meantime, Instagram has made an announcement regarding the upcoming option for users to disable read receipts in their direct messages (DMs).
The company is currently conducting tests on a new feature that will grant users the ability to choose whether or not to utilize read receipts in DMs. Meta Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, along with Instagram head Adam Mosseri, shared this information on their respective Broadcast channels, highlighting that the change is currently undergoing testing.
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