Instagram has announced a few changes to its Direct messaging feature. You can now send links directly in the app—a game changer, considering the fact that such was not the case before today’s update. Also, the company has added automatic links to phone numbers and addresses to send through Direct, reports The Verge.
Two new features were also added to Direct—landscape and portrait orientations. All these minor additions now make Direct more useful and exciting to every Instagram user. Your pictures will now up properly in the precise dimensions you intended them to be. No more cropping of pictures, which sometimes mess up your real intentions.
“Now, whenever you send a permanent photo or video to your friends in Direct from your camera roll, you don’t have to worry about cropping it.
“We’ve also added support for links in Direct. You can share website links with friends and preview them directly from your thread. You’ll also see links for phone numbers and addresses,” Instagram said in a blog post.
While the iOS version of both landscape and portrait are now available for everyone, Android users may have to wait a bit to start using the features in Direct. However, links in Direct messages are now available on both iOS and Android as part of version 10.22 of Instagram.
Facebook-owned Instagram is always busy updating and adding new features to make its app more appealing to users. In the last couple of months in particular, the company has invested a lot in redesigning and making features like Stories more popular.
A few days ago, TechCrunch broke the news that Instagram was testing Location Stories; another feature copied from Snapchat. Location Stories, according to TechCrunch, is a feature that aggregates publicly posted Stories tagged with a location sticker into collaborative slideshow.
With Location Stories, you can see Stories from strangers to have an idea of what’s happening at a particular location. The feature has now been spotted by TechCrunch, highlighted by Instagram in the Explore tab’s Stories section. Until this change was made, Location Stories appeared atop Stories and live broadcasts from your account.
In the last 10 months, Instagram has recorded more growth than ever owing to the fact that it copied a very popular feature owned by Snapchat—Stories. Not that the app wasn’t doing fine before August [when Instagram launched its own version of Stories], the truth is, its growth rate has been phenomenal since that time.
700 million people now use the platform every day, while about 400 million people check in daily. This could be the beginning of greater things to come, especially when you consider how other Facebook-owned companies are doing. WhatsApp and Messenger are the other two apps from the same company doing impressively and giving rivals run for their money.
Stories, a feature Instagram copied from Snapchat last August, now has more than 200 million daily users; an achievement worth celebrating. Instagram has not only copied Stories from Snapchat, it has succeeded in reinventing the feature; attracting millions of people daily.