By Arré Bench Jul. 09, 2020
Instagram showed its intention to fill the gap TikTok left behind with a new feature called “Reels”. It allows users to upload 15-second clips with music, filters, and an editor tool similar to the one the Chinese app used. With over 100 million TikTok users left in the lurch after the sudden ban, the new feature could not have been released at a more opportune time.
It’s barely been a week since TikTok was officially banned in India, but already other social media apps have been rushing to take its place. In the last few days, Instagram showed its intention to fill the gap TikTok left behind with a new feature called “Reels”, which allows users to upload 15-second clips with music, filters, and an editor tool similar to the one the Chinese app used.
— Mannat (@thandrakhleyar) July 8, 2020
With over 100 million TikTok users suddenly left in the lurch after the sudden ban, the new feature could not have been released at a more opportune time. The similarities between the two are quite evident, as many were quick to point out on Twitter.
— Harsh (@Nhiipata) July 8, 2020
New Clone alert – INSTAGRAM REELS
SO NOW WE HAVE A TOTAL OF 9 TIKTOK CLONES .
4. Zee’s HiPi
5. Inshorts’s Public
6. Sharechat’s Moj
7. Bolo Indya
8. YouTube’s Shorts
9. Instagram Reels
— Akshita Gupta (@GuptaAkshitaa) July 6, 2020
“Reels” has only launched in India, Germany, France and Brazil so far. But it has already caught the attention of thousands of Indians who welcomed the new feature with both excitement and a slew of memes.
Instagram has also already begun collaborating with TikTok influencers to get them to use the new feature, some reports pointed out.
✅ High DAUs, which will ensure fast adoption of Reels
✅ Superb UI, which means more engagement
✅ Stronger brand recall than every other “TikTok alternative”
✅ Sponsor/creator trust
— Sohini (@Mittermaniac) July 9, 2020
instagram has launched feature of 15 sec viedo. (reels)
meanwhile tiktokers to insta:- pic.twitter.com/Zf4df2rqhn
— अंकित (@shaktbhakt) July 8, 2020
— Rohanrawat (@Rohanrawat2306) July 8, 2020
The similarities between TikTok and “Reels” don’t end with the duration of the videos, however, as Facebook confirmed that content creators will now also be able to make changes to video speed, and add music, depending on the library of tracks in the region.
Once the Reel is recorded, users can also select the target audience they want to share it with. Unlike Instagram stories, “Reels” can also be shared in the Explore tab, allowing them to be seen by anyone on the platform.
“‘Reels’ gives a voice to individual creators”, Vishal Shah, the Vice-President of Product, Facebook, was quoted as saying.
TikTok’s ban had left thousands of content creators, who had amassed millions of followers, stranded overnight, so it’ll be interesting to see if the new Instagram feature takes off at the same pace as the Chinese app had a few years ago.
*Instagram releases a feature called Reels where you can create & upload short videos like tiktok * #instagramreels
Meanwhile tiktokers to Instagram: pic.twitter.com/8maMXcVN05
— श्रेष्ठ खण्डेलवाल 🌟 (@oyenikku) July 8, 2020
With a number of celebrities already rushing to create their own “Reels”, chances are it may well replace the app sooner than we think.