The revolution is here! Instagram will now let you share up to 10 photos and videos in one post, organically, without paid amplification!
Since their introduction in March 2017, carousel ads have received lots of love from advertisers. The reason is simple: it’s easier to share several photos or videos, rather than trying to tell the whole story with just one of each.
Now Instagram is bringing this feature to everyone. And it’s an organic feature – not an ad format – meaning you will not have to pay to use it.
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Surprise! 🎉 Swipe left on the post above to see more. Starting today, you can share up to 10 photos and videos in one post on Instagram. With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember. When uploading to your feed, you’ll see a new icon to select multiple photos and videos. It’s easy to control exactly how your post will look. You can tap and hold to change the order, apply a filter to everything at once or edit one by one. These posts have a single caption and are square-only for now. On a profile grid, you’ll notice the first photo or video of a post has a little icon, which means there’s more to see. And in feed, you’ll see blue dots at the bottom of these posts to let you know you can swipe to see more. You can like and comment on them just like a regular post. This update is available as part of Instagram version 10.9 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android on Google Play. To learn more, check out help.instagram.com.
While I think this is good news, I am not completely convinced. For one, I don’t believe many users will use it. Instagram has taught us to carefully choose the photos and videos we share on our profiles, and I believe users will continue to be selective.
Secondly, we already have a great story-telling tool on Instagram. Stories. How is this new feature different from Stories? Well, it will stay on your profile, unlike Stories which disappear after 24 hours. Is this a good thing? In some cases probably – but I also think that Stories have grown so popular because they disappear after 24 hours…
Finally, what does this mean for brands? They are the most likely to get excited about sharing up to 10 photos/videos in one post. But they already had this “feature” with carousel ads. Will they stop investing, now that they can use it organically?
As you can see, the new feature – although exciting – raises many questions. Unlike Live Video and Instagram Stories, it doesn’t seem to answer a direct need from users, nor brands – and I am doubtful that it will bring a serious “plus” to our feeds.
What do you think?
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