In the midst of rumors that TikTok is getting shut down or banned in the U.S., Instagram just launched their brand new video-sharing feature, called Reels. Following the likes of Instagram Stories and IGTV, Reels — which officially hit the social media app on Wednesday, August 5 — lets users record short-form videos set to popular songs.
But don’t worry, guys, it’s not a brand new app! That’s right, the entire Reels feature lives right inside Instagram and even has its own Explore page, so you’ll be able to watch all your friends’ videos right from your normal feed. At this time, Reels allows Instagram users to record up to 15 seconds worth of video and add music, filters and effects.
“I think TikTok deserves a ton of credit for popularizing formats in this space, and it’s just great work,” he said. “But at the end of the day, no two products are exactly alike, and ours are not either.”
He continued, “We’re going big with entertainment and [making Explore] the permanent place for you to go lean back, relax, and be inspired every day. It’s our hope that with this format we have a new chapter of entertainment on Instagram.”
As fans know, the launch of Reels came just days after a brand new video streaming app called Triller became available, with some pretty major TikTok stars joining its executive team. Sway House members like Josh Richards, Griffin Johnson, Noah Beck are working alongside the app with Josh as the Chief Strategy Officer. Similarly, Griffin and Noah are set to sign on as advisors and equity shareholders, joining the ranks of other celebrities — like Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne — who have invested in the app.
With all these new social media sites in the works, which one do we try out next?!
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