Good news to all the Instagram users-Instagram is finally bringing direct messages to the web. Starting from yesterday 14 January, a “small percentage” of the platform’s global users will be able to retrieve their direct messages from Instagram’s website. This decision is beneficial for businesses, influencers, and anyone else who sends lots and lots of DMs. It will also help to round out the app’s experience across devices. The company says that the rollout currently is only a test, and more details on a potential wide-scale rollout will come in the future.
The detail on Web Instagram Messages
The CEO of Instagram says that the experience of the direct message will be fundamentally the same through the web browser. It means that web browser DMs will be nothing different from that of mobile DMs. You can double-tap to like a message, share photos from desktop, create new groups or start a chat with anyone either from a profile page or the DM screen and see the total number of unread messages you have.
The CEO also states you can enable notifications for the entire Instagram site in your browser. By doing this you’ll be able to receive desktop DM notifications. He says that it’ll “continue to iterate” on this during their test.
Instagram officials were asked why they prioritized web DMs over something like an iPad app. The company’s spokesperson replied that Instagram messages on the web help its users “stay in touch with the people you care about.
Convenient for Instagram Users to Chat
Along with that, Facebook too has increasingly placed a focus on messaging over the past year. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated last spring that “private messaging, groups and Stories” are the “three fastest-growing areas of online communication.” Knowing this, Instagram Stories are already on the web. And with this new announcement, Instagram now allows some of its users to access group chats and private messages from the browser too. This announcement aligns exactly with what Zuckerberg said he and his company would commute.
Zuckerberg also said last year that the company plans to allow Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram users to message each other. This messaging will be regardless of the platform they are using. We currently don’t know how this will happen, but the browser could potentially play an important role.
This decision is definitely a very good one for people like me who spend most of their time on laptops. Same like other desktop chat apps, Instagram messages will also streamline my daily work. And, along with that, it will also make chatting easier and faster with friends and sources.
Via: The Verge