Instagram is officially testing a change to the Stories feature that allows users to upload short videos with a maximum duration of 60 seconds or one minute. Previously, this feature was only discovered through the application’s source code by application researcher Alessandro Paluzzi.
According to a 9to5Mac report (16/12), an Instagram user in Turkey reported the changes that he found in the app. Users can post videos to Stories with a duration of 60 seconds without having to share them. Before any changes, videos that we upload to Stories longer than 15 seconds will be truncated when published.
Apart from that, the company is also known to be testing a new interface for Instagram Stories. This is claimed to make it easier for users to mention other accounts or add locations. It’s not yet clear when or if Instagram will make this change available to all users worldwide. So far, only a few users have received the feature.
Instagram’s move to extend the duration of Stories may be to follow the trend of short videos that are currently inflamed in the world of social networking. Such as TikTok which is growing in popularity as a short video app and Snapchat which recently introduced a new standalone app for content creators to edit videos.
No wonder Instagram decided to make the feature. Plus, Reels is even more successful for those Instagram users who don’t want to bother downloading TikTok. The content of Reels and TikTok is almost the same, even some accounts repost TikTok videos to Reels.