The test of a new feature that allows you to post a text note to your followers appears to be getting a wider roll out. The feature can be found in the messages section of the app. The prompt in the text box says "share what's on your mind..." When you leave a note, people won't be notified. They can reply with a message after seeing your note for a day.

It was reported in June that the feature was being tested with a limited selection of users, but the fact that the feature works on multiple devices suggests its availability is increasing. It's possible to write up to 60 characters in a note.

Instagram Screenshot showing a text box to write a note.
A dialogue box explains that notes disappear after 24 hours.
Image: XDA Developers

The disappearing nature of these notes makes them seem like text-based versions of the popular photo and video sharing service. The classic status feature of MSN Messenger lets you set a small string of text by your screen name for all your contacts to see.

It was supposed to be so that you could share practical details such as whether you were busy or up for chatting, but in reality it was only used to send messages about who you had a crush on.

It will be interesting to see how the notes feature is used by the users. Will people use it for practical purposes or will they use it for some old fashioned flirting? I know what I want to do.

The expansion of the notes feature test is not clear when it will get a widespread launch. We are always looking for ways to help you better connect on the photo sharing site. The company is testing Notes so people can quickly share their thoughts with their friends, with a small group of people.

Notes joins a long list of changes that have been spotted testing recently, which include the removal of the shopping tab from the home feed, as well as a new safety feature.

AOL Instant Messenger and Away Messages were more popular in the US than MSN Messenger.