Instagram is currently testing a new feature that will allow users to access your recently shared reels. Users will find it simpler to reshare a reel that they enjoyed with another friend at a later time as a result of this change. Amazing, right?
The New Feature
An account shared a post regarding the new feature. This gave the impression that Instagram is displaying a row at the very top of your direct messages with the label Latest Shares. The screenshots that were uploaded by the account show that shared posts will also display the avatars of friends whose reels you have shared with them. If you shared the same short video several times with different friends, it will only display it once using the avatar of the person you most recently shared it with.
A spokesperson for Meta told the channel that the company was in the process of pushing out enhancements to the way users can search for and rediscover reels that have been previously shared in chats. Nevertheless, Instagram didn’t indicate whether this feature displayed other posts in the newest shares area that are not related to reels. In addition, it did not provide any info regarding the rollout schedule.
Instagram’s Focus on Short Videos
Instagram’s exclusive focus on reels over the past few years makes it hardly unexpected that the platform does not support other types of posts. Last year, it was stated that all videos under 15 minutes would be posted as reels. The purpose of this new test is to encourage you and your friends to regularly share and enjoy short videos. You see a funny post, you share it with your friends. Then, they open the post, swipe up to view more, and they see more videos.
Last week, Meta announced that they were discontinuing the creator reward program for reels in favor of ad revenue sharing and other revenue strategies.