Instagram Direct Puts Private Messages in Standalone App
Instagram is testing a new standalone app for direct private messages. Called Direct, it's available today, but only in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay. Much as parent company Facebook did with its Messenger app a while ago, the move simply takes Instagram's existing direct-message function and puts it in a separate app. A new shortcut gesture lets you quickly swipe between the Direct and Instagram apps. For now, users can continue using one app if they wish; installing Direct disables the direct-message function in the Instagram app. Direct closely resembles Snapchat in appearance and functionality, putting an emphasis on the camera. The app mostly mirrors messaging functions that already exist in Instagram, but does add a few new filters, including a random censorship filter.
Instagram Boosts Appeal of Direct Messages with Threaded Convos
Instagram today improved the private messaging features of its Android and iOS apps through an update. To start, messages between individuals and groups are now threaded, rather than separate.
Instagram Simplifies Disappearing Message Behavior
Instagram today rolled out a new style for sharing ephemeral messages with others. Disappearing photos and videos are still shared via the Direct messaging tool, but moving forward they are included within ongoing threaded conversations between people or groups, rather than pulled out separately.
Instagram's Direct Messages Now Support Landscape Video
Instagram today updated its private messaging tool, making it easier to share certain types of videos. Moving forward, people sending permanent pictures or movies to friends won't have to crop them before sending.
Instagram for Windows Grabs Huge Update
Facebook today announced three new apps for the Windows 10 platform, including a proper Instagram app for phones, and dedicated Facebook and Messenger apps for desktops. The Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile includes features that have long been available only to the Android and iOS apps, including Instagram Direct, videos, the Explore tab, and more.