Instagram has announced the merging of two of its important features into one. The Facebook-owned company has launched what it called “Direct,” which is a combination of texts and reshares. Both features, according to Instagram, will now appear in the same thread with disappearing photos and videos. This, according to the company, will enable you to seamlessly go back and forth with your friends.
“Today, we’re launching the new Direct to make it fast and easy to turn any conversation into a visual conversation with photos and videos. Texts and reshares will now appear in the same thread with disappearing photos and videos so you can seamlessly go back and forth with your friends,” Instagram said in a blog post.
All you need to do when you want to use disappearing messages on the app is to click the blue camera icon in any message thread, or simply swipe left from your Feed. This will present you with an opportunity to know who viewed your message and who replayed them. The best part of Direct as a feature is that you will still be able to know when someone takes a screenshot of your message since it has the ability to keep track.
Direct is a great way to keep the app tidy and free from too many features that get new users confused sometimes. Having two features rolled into one helps you to get around the app in now time, and helps you to keep things simple.
Direct has recorded significant growth since the last update carried out last November by the Facebook-owned company. According to Instagram, Direct has grown from 300 million users to 375 million during that period.
“Since our last update in November 2016, the number of people using Direct has grown from 300 million to 375 million. We want to make Direct the best place to have fun, visual conversations with your friends.”
The new Direct feature is already available for download at both the iOS and Google Play Store as part of Instagram version 10.16.
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Last month, Instagram took its war against harassment and abuse on its platform to a different level when it announced plans to add a blurred screen with “Sensitive Content” warning.
With blurred screen, Instagram will add a warning on top of posts that fits description. In other words, any post that has been reported as offensive by users, but don’t deserve to be taken down as per the company’s guidelines.
It means such content or images will no longer appear by default, but will now appear along with a warning sign. So, if you are the type who really doesn’t get bothered by some controversial images, then you can click on the acknowledgement and go ahead to view the photo or video. Instagram says it will start preventing unwanted or surprising experience on its platform; it means users will no longer be caught unaware by any video or photo when using its service.
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