The difference with Instagram Stories is that the clips in Reels don’t disappear after you click them. The user can also choose who he shares them with: a select group of friends or wider. The most popular videos could then go viral.
Instagram Reels videos last up to 15 seconds and can be made with a few simple clicks, says product director Robby Stein. You can also add music, picked from a catalog of tens of millions of songs or your own creation, and special effects. For those effects, the company works together with external developers.
Instagram has already conducted tests with Reels, including in Brazil, Germany and France, and noted “an explosion of creativity,” says Stein.
The application has been available since Wednesday in more than fifty countries, including Belgium, in both Android and iOS.
Instagram has become increasingly popular in recent years. It started out as an online photo album in 2010 and was acquired by Facebook for $ 1 billion two years later. Meanwhile, thanks to a series of new applications, Instagram has become a fully-fledged social medium through which companies and influencers also tell their story. The platform has more than a billion users. “It is precisely that large community that makes the difference with TikTok,” says Stein.