Instagram announces Instagram Direct private messaging

Instagram announces Instagram Direct private messaging
A report came out recently that tipped us off about Instagram working on a private messaging system, possibly in an effort to take on Snapchat, and now that feature has been announced. It is being called Instagram Direct, and it works much how you would expect, allowing you to share photos and video with certain people rather than sharing publicly.

Instagram Direct doesn't work quite like Snapchat though. There are no options to draw or place text on a photo or video, but the customary Instagram comment feed is still there for conversations around a piece of media, so there isn't really much need to place text on a photo. Even better, the comments and likes appear in real-time, which Instagram says is a way to make it feel "more alive". Photos and video can be shared with just one person or a group of up to 15 people. Messages from one of your contacts will be instantly visible, but if you get something from an unknown source you will have the option to accept it or not. 

Also unlike Snapchat, Instagram Direct is a private messaging service, not a self-destructing message service, so shared photos and video will not disappear and can be saved as long as you like, however the original sender can delete it at any time and it will be removed from all recipients' inboxes. Instagram seems to be intent on setting itself up as a communication platform, just like poppa Facebook. 

Instagram Direct will be available in the version 5.0 update, which will be hitting Google Play and the iOS App Store today. The feature is still in beta for Windows Phone, so unfortunately that update isn't coming just yet. 

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1. Sauce unregistered

Just tried it out. The interface is nice, clean, simple, and pretty straight forward. The green doesn't match the IG theme but that's okay. Removing someome from the group text can easily be done prior to posting the message, but once sent, people can not be removed. Over all, I'm liking the update and new function. Lookin good.

2. WillardS

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

I had no idea about the update until Instagram told me I had a private video shared to me. I'll need to update to see it? Sure, why not?! Finished the update, no private picture/video shared to me. Thanks #DirtbagInstgram.

3. jamesedward318 unregistered

This is going to open the flood gates up to all the fellas to send cock pics to unsuspecting chicks. With DM on Twitter, Facebook and now Instagram the art of communication is offically lost.

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The art of communication isn't lost, it has just expanded beyond what words can convey... with penises...

6. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Comment of the day lol.

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I wonder when Rudy will add it to 6tag

7. RocketFollowers

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

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