Instagram will allow you to reply to DMs right from your feed, as well as offer music previews in real-time. When it comes to sending direct messages (or DMs as we like to call them), Instagram is providing users with a slew of new options. The handiest feature is a new option to respond to a DM immediately from your feed, rather than having to go into your inbox and lose your spot on the home page (depending on how far down you got). Additionally, new sharing options have been added, as well as the ability to transmit music previews and surveys in group chats.
In a video uploaded at the end of December, Instagram’s CEO, Adam Mosseri, declared the platform’s aim was to focus on messaging this year. Mosseri shared: “Messaging is one of the primary ways that people — actually it is the primary way people connect online at this point. Instagram needs to embrace the fact that messaging is that primary form of communication.”
The song previews feature will provide short 30-second samples of tracks and will be made possible through partnerships with Apple and Amazon’s music streaming services, with Spotify compatibility coming soon. A new menu can be accessed from the main Instagram feed by long-pressing the share button, which allows you to rapidly re-share a post to four of your closest friends.
Other features align Instagram’s DMs with what’s already available in Facebook Messenger, which isn’t surprising considering the company’s efforts to make the two chat services interchangeable. Instagram is adopting Messenger’s polls feature and adding a similar row of profile pictures to the top of its inbox to display which of your connections are currently online. As previously announced, Messenger’s new shortcut for quietly sending messages without triggering notifications for your contacts is also arriving to Instagram in the form of a new @silent command.
The announcement states:
“You likely know that typing “@” and a person’s name will tag that specific person in the chat. But what about when you want to grab everyone’s attention? Or maybe you just want to share a thought, but don’t need an immediate response? Enter the @everyone and /silent shortcuts, available today to people using Messenger on iOS and Android. When you start a message with @everyone, all participants in the chat will be notified. @everyone is perfect for group reminders, impromptu get-togethers or when you need to gather the braintrust to crowdsource an answer to a time-sensitive question. This way, your message gets maximum exposure, and nobody misses out.”
The majority of these services are now available globally, and music sharing will begin rolling out soon according to Instagram. However, due to regional restrictions, the platform is unable to offer features such as @silent, polls, or showing who’s active at the top of your inbox in Europe.
In other related updates, you can now use chronological feed again along with the new Favorites feed.
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