Instagram Relaunches Direct Messaging Service

Posted April 12, 2017

The intention is to make it easier for people to have an ongoing conversation, even if that conversation includes a lot of disappearing messages.

"Texts and reshares will now appear in the same thread with disappearing photos and videos so you can seamlessly go back and forth with your friends", Instagram said. Also, Instagram will notify a user if someone takes a screenshot of the photo or video; another feature made famous by Snapchat. To celebrate that milestone, it's making some changes to Direct that are centered around making the feature more streamlined and seamless.

The Facebook-owned company announced an update to its Direct messages feature, combining the two features.

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According to Instagram, since the company updated their direct messaging function, more than 375 million people are now using the new feature.

According to Instagram, the average group size in Direct is between two-three people.

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The updates to Instagram Direct are rolling out for Android and iOS users-now 375 million strong, Instagram says-with version 10.16 of the Instagram app.

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With blurred screen, Instagram will add a warning on top of posts that fits description. That means you'll now be able to send one-timers that will show within the chats you already have going, until they are viewed and then gone. The ephemeral photos and videos will still disappear once they've been viewed, but the chat thread will now retain a permanent record in the form of a note that mentions that something has been shared. It was added with the introduction of Stories, which has amassed a daily active user base of 150 million, to the platform. You have the option to either type out the message, share photos from gallery or express yourself using a heart emoji.

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