Instagram is bringing some new features to enhance the messaging experience of the users. The photo and video sharing platform has added the ability to reply to messages while browsing and introduced the option to send a message silently. Instagram has integrated with the music streaming platform to allow users to share 30-second long song previews in chat. Additionally, you can quickly redistribute posts to friends by tapping and holding the share button With the latest update, Instagram will show the contacts available online at the top of the inbox In addition to the new features for customization, there is also the option to manage polls in group chats.
Meta on Thursday announced the addition of a new messaging feature to Instagram via a blog post. With the latest update, Instagram users can reply to messages without having to navigate the inbox while browsing through feeds. It also adds a new Quick Send option that allows users to quickly reshare a post to friends with a long tap of the share button. Also, Instagram has added new online indicators to the DM (Direct Message) panel to show which of your contacts are currently online.
Instagram is also adding new features to customize messaging threads. These include new chat themes, silent messages and polls in group chats. The social media platform has teamed up with Apple Music and Amazon Music to allow users to share 30-second long song previews in the chat. The receiver can listen to audio directly from the chat window. This feature will soon be supported on Spotify, Meta said.
Silent messaging functionality, which was recently announced on Facebook Messenger, is now also available on Instagram. This will allow you to send a message without notifying the other recipients Also, there is a new ‘low-fi’ chat theme. In addition, Instagram has added support for creating polls directly in group chats.
Currently, Instagram is rolling out most of the new features in “selected countries”, but they are expected to reach a worldwide audience later.
The new developments are part of Instagram’s ongoing efforts to increase user interaction on the platform. In December last year, Instagram chief Adam Moseri announced that the company would focus on messaging and double the controls to improve transparency when listing the company’s general goals for 2022.