Instagram Reels, Facebook’s effort in challenging TikTok on short-form creative content, is launching globally, starting today. The feature is being made available across 50 countries, including the U.S., Japan, and the UK.
Given TikTok’s uncertain future in the U.S. as the Trump administration weighs either banning the Chinese-owned app entirely or forcing it to sell off its U.S. operations, this is great time for Instagram to release this feature.
Using Reels is easy because it’s built into the Instagram Camera that people already know how to use. To create a new Reel, you’ll select the option at the bottom of the Instagram Camera, next to Story. The editing tools then pop up on the left side of the screen, which is where you’ll find the AR effects and other options, like the timer, speed and align features.
Hellooooo, Reels 🙌
Introducing a new way to create and discover short, entertaining videos on Instagram.
Reels is rolling out today to more than 50 countries around the world.
— Instagram (@instagram) August 5, 2020
TikTok’s troubles are giving an opening to rivals such as Triller and byte, and Instagram is about to launch a TikTok-like service called Reels https://t.co/v36fOCPGsq
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 4, 2020