Instagram introduces 7 new messaging features
Instagram has introduced seven new messaging features for its users allowing them to reply to messages or share content directly from the feed. The photo and video sharing platform has also added the ability to share music previews and send messages silently.
In another exciting feature, just like Facebook and WhatsApp, Instagram has also introduced a way to check who’s online to chat. This announcement, which was made in a blog post by Meta, is part of Instagram’s ongoing work to improve how people connect and share with friends.
The “reply to messages” directly from the feed feature makes it easier and more convenient to chat without leaving your feed and going to your inbox to review or reply to a particular chat.
Improvements to help people chat, share, and respond:
Reply while you browse: Receive a new message while you’re browsing your feed? You can now reply without going to your inbox and losing your place. This new feature makes it that much easier and more convenient to chat while on the app.
Quickly send to friends: We want to help people reshare interesting content without interrupting their Instagram experience. By tapping and holding the share button, you can effortlessly reshare posts to your closest friends.
See who’s online: At the top of your inbox, you can see who’s free to chat at that moment, helping you find serendipitous opportunities to connect with friends.
Customize messaging threads
Play, pause, and re-play: Enabled by integrations with Apple Music, Amazon Music and Spotify coming soon, you can now share a 30-second preview of that song you just can’t get out of your head, and your friends can listen directly from the chat window.
Send messages quietly: Send messages without notifying friends late at night or when they’re busy by adding “@silent” in your message. Now you can reach out without worrying about sending unwanted notifications.
Keep it on the lo-fi: Feeling chill? Try the new lo-fi chat theme to make your conversations feel more personal.
Create a poll with your squad: Deciding where to go to dinner or what time to meet up? We’re bringing one of Messenger’s most beloved group chat features to Instagram so you can create a poll directly in your group chat.