Meta just launched 3D Avatars, a new representation of user identities online.
They are now available in Stories and DMs on Instagram, and users from the US, Canada, and Mexico can start creating their 3D avatars.
For more details, continue reading for more information about 3D avatars and how to create one.
What are 3D avatars?
According to Adam Mosseri the CEO of Instagram,
3D avatars are a dynamic visual representation of who you are in the MetaverseAdam Mosseri, CEO of Instagram
The new 3D avatars are dynamic, and you can sync them across Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram.
Why do avatars matter?
In the past, you primarily had a profile on all major social media networks, with a picture name and short bio.
But in the Metaverse, the users’ identities need to be a visual representation of who you are, more dynamic and connected with all sorts of digital goods that identify you.
These objects can be clothes, bags, items you bring in your bag, such as NFTs, collectibles, or similar.
And the best thing is that Meta believes that users need to bring 3D avatars with them across the Internet or the Metaverse in the future.
In summary, Meta’s vision is to make avatars as the building block of the Metaverse that every user can bring this identity with them together will all their digital goods.
How to create 3D avatar on Instagram
Here are the steps how to create 3D avatar in the Instagram app.
- Open your app and go to your Profile
- Tap on the top-right menu icon and in the popup tap Settings
- Tap Account and tap on Avatars
And next follow the editing steps to make your avatar:
These steps are a full editor of your 3d Avatar where you have tons of options to personalize your looks. The options include:
- Mouth and nose shape
- Face color and shape,
- Body shape
- Clothes and head wear
- Hearing devices (a very inclusive attribute)
And once you are done setting all your avatar attributes just click the top-left button ‘Done’.
You will get a notification that “your avatar is being updated”.
And once this is done, you will have it available to show it off as personalized stickers across Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram.
How to use 3D avatar in Instagram Stories
Here is a simple use case for the 3D avatars.
You can select your avatar as a sticker from the Instagram stories stickers library and place it on the story as any other sticker.
The difference is that we can expect influencers to use their avatar as a new branding placement for their sponsors, so they can promote digital products that their avatar wears or uses.
For more use-case, we will come back and update this post.