Instagram first started out as a basic photo/video-sharing platform. Since the acquisition of Meta (Facebook at the time), however, the service has evolved into a more hybrid and feature-rich one. Users can now go live, join groups and do 1-on-1 conversations, post or watch reels, and more. In a major update, Instagram has now added even more features focused on Direct Messages (DMs). However, it is worth noting that the rollout is only available in select countries. The company plans to make these additions available globally at a later date.
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When you’re browsing through your Instagram feed and someone DMs you, you can now swipe down on the in-app notification to bring up the reply text field. There you can type a reply and send it without actually navigating to your inbox. This feature supports text reply for the time being. If you want to react with media, you have to go to the inbox – as you normally would.
Be it memes, pictures of gorgeous Mother Nature, or footage of the latest disaster, a lot of users share Instagram posts with their friends via DMs. To make the sharing process faster and easier, the Meta-owned company is introducing a handy shortcut. When you hold down the share button on a post, a pop-up will appear showing some of your closest Instagram friends. Just tap on one of them, and the post will be sent to their inbox immediately.
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Have you ever wondered which of your friends are also feeling sleepless at 3:28 am? Do you want to talk with them about that endless existential fear that keeps you awake every other night? Instagram now has the answer! There’s a new top bar in your inbox that includes a horizontal list compiling all of your online friends.
Do you want the latest earworm to conquer the minds of your online besties? One of Instagram’s new features allows you to send a 30-second preview to your friends to listen directly in DMs. This addition is very welcome – allows you to enjoy the tunes without interrupting the flow of conversation.
Some people don’t value humor as much as we do. He finds it disturbing when a meme in his DM informs him during his boring 9 to 5 shift. Or maybe you just want to share an unimportant life update during AM hours. anyhow, now you can type @ silenced In a DM, and the message won’t inform them. It will simply be waiting patiently to check their inbox.
There’s now a new lo-fi theme for DM that’s almost guaranteed to cool you down.
Last but not least, Instagram now supports polls in group DMs. Gone are the days of chaotically planning what to eat next. However, keep in mind that votes are public—so your friends can see that you proudly chose the Hawaiian pizza option.
With these new features and additions, Instagram is slowly turning into a more reliable platform for instant messaging (IM). And given that Meta already supports cross-messaging between Facebook and Instagram, it only makes sense to bring some of the former’s features to the latter’s service. It only unites the two and removes the irregularities that uniquely separate the two.
Which of these new Instagram features are you planning to use? Let us know in the comments section below.