Tuesday, Facebook-owned Instagram launched some notable improvements for its private-messaging feature, called Instagram Direct.
Available in Instagram’s 7.5 update, a free download in the App Store, Instagram Direct now supports threaded conversations and allows you to pick a photo from a user’s feed to send to a friend or group privately as a Direct message.
Feed content sharing
Previously, you could only send a single photo to a friend or a group of friends privately but now Instagram Direct supports sharing posts in your Instagram feed via a Direct Message. The improvement is expected to make it less desirable to @mention friends in comments: Instagram says that nearly forty percent of comments include an @-mention.
To share a photo in your feed privately with a friend or a group of friends, tap an arrow which can be found next to the Like/Comment icons under every post. Doing so sends that post to a friend or group as a message using Instagram Direct.
“It will appear as part of your conversation, and you can tap the photo or video to see and like the original post,” Instagram explains. “You can also send hashtag pages and location pages by tapping the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner.”
Before today, Instagram Direct supported one-to-one messaging.
With today’s update, threaded chats based on the people in them are now possible. Each threaded conversation can be named so it’s easier to find later. Another nice-to-haves: there’s a new quick camera feature for on-the-fly selfies and oversized emoji characters are supported in chats.
Any photo or video content that you send using Direct is only visible to those who could already see them. If the owner of a photo or video has their account set to private, only people who follow their account will be able to see it if it’s sent as a message in Direct.
More information about today’s updates is available in the Instagram Help Center.
Instagram 7.5 changelog
iTunes release notes list the following changes in Instagram 7.5 for iPhone:
- Now you can share posts you see on Instagram as messages. Just tap the arrow under the post.
- Send photos, videos and text messages back and forth to keep conversations going.
- Name group conversations so they’re easy to find.
They still haven’t redesigned the app icon though.
Instagram, a 21.7-megabyte download, requires an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 7.0 or later. The app is fully optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and sports a glance for your Apple Watch.
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