Very soon you will not be able to slide into a friend’s Direct Message as the standalone app is being retired. This piece of information was made known by popular social media commentator Matt Navarra. You will be greeted with a new message in the Play Store which says it: “is going away” when you try to send a direct message to a friend.
Previously sent messages, however, will now be moved over to the dedicated Instagram app. This is so important in order to ensure you don’t lose those private or important messages previously sent.
Direct Message was released by Instagram in 2017 as a camera-first app with Chile, Portugal, Israel, Turkey, and Uruguay among first to have a feel of the app. As a standalone app, Direct Message did not make as much impact as Snapchat; the app it was designed to compete with. Still, it was one of those apps that helped people to communicate their feelings while it lasted.
Confirmed: Instagram is killing its standalone Direct Messaging app pic.twitter.com/owt2gXtfCE
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) May 16, 2019
There has been no official statement from Instagram concerning the development. The only information close to that is what every other person has seen in the Play Store—“The Direct app is going away.”
In the meantime, you don’t have to do anything as all your Direct Messages will be moved over to Instagram—the main app.
A week ago, Facebook-owned Instagram launched a new @shop account for all those who love shopping. @shop according to Instagram, is being added to celebrate small businesses and creators behind them. The new shopping account will enable shoppers access different categories of shopping including fashion, beauty, home décor, and more.
Shoppers will be able to shop from the aforementioned categories across the world. To make shopping easy for everyone, tags will be used, which can be tapped to dive in. You can start by following @shop to discover and shop from aforementioned categories around the world.
The feature reinforces Instagram’s desire to make its platform accessible to online shoppers and brands. Two months ago, a payment feature called Checkout was launched by the ephemeral photo sharing app. The feature allows you to admire a product you love, and pay for it without visiting the brand’s website. All your shopping can now be done within the app without necessarily being redirected to the web page of the seller/brand.
“Checkout on Instagram” button will pop up on the product page when you tap to view a product from a brand’s shopping post. Tap the button to select from various options available, then proceed to payment without exiting the Instagram app. Information that will be required to complete the process include, your name, email, billing information and shipping address—but this will only be the first time when you check out.