Tag: Messages

01
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Facebook Integrates Messenger Chat With Instagram Direct Messages

KEY POINTS

  • Facebook announced that it is integrating Messenger’s features into Instagram’s direct messages
  • The integration will make it easier for users to communicate across apps
  • The integration also brings a slew of features to Instagram

Facebook has announced that it is integrating the Messenger experience into Instagram direct messages, allowing users to enjoy the features of the messaging platform in the primarily photo-sharing app.

In a blog, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri and Messenger’s Stan Chudnovsky said the integration brings “the best Messenger features to Instagram,” allowing the latter’s users to stay connected with their non-Instagram-using family and friends.

Basically, Instagram and Messenger users will be able to message each other without having to download the other app.

The respective apps’ heads said that about 100 billion messages are sent each day via Facebook’s family of apps, which includes both Instagram and Messenger. About one out of three users, however, sometimes forget where particular message threads or conversations are located. The integration between the two apps will help deal with this problem.

Instagram The Instagram logo is pictured. Photo: AFP/LOIC VENANCE

In addition to allowing users to communicate with friends across apps (including via messages or video calls), the integration also allows Instagram users to enjoy Messenger’s slew of features, which include the following:

  • Vanish Mode: Users can choose to make messages disappear after they are seen or when the chat is closed.
  • Watch Together: Users can watch videos with their friends on other platforms during video calls. This includes videos on Facebook Watch, IGTV and more.
  • Selfie Stickers: Users can create boomerang stickers with their selfies for use in conversations.
  • Chat Colors: Users can customize their chats using fun color gradients.
  • Custom Emoji Reactions: Users can create shortcuts to favorite emojis used to react quickly to
30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Facebook, Instagram Users Will Soon Be Able To Send Each Other Direct Messages

Topline

Facebook will soon allow people on the social media platform to send direct messages to Instagram users and vice versa, the social media giant said in a blog post, signaling the first step in the company’s plan to unify messaging systems across all of its platforms, which also includes WhatsApp.

Key Facts

Instagram’s inbuilt instant messenger will also be updated to include a few additions including selfie stickers, custom backgrounds, and disappearing messages.

The feature will be open to all users by default but Instagram users who may want to keep their chats separate from Facebook may choose to opt-out of the update altogether, although this means they will also not receive all the other new features.

It is unclear as to when the cross-platform messaging will become available to all users, but CNN reported that the feature is presently being “tested in select markets and will expand globally in the coming months.”

The cross-platform integration presently excludes Facebook-owned messaging behemoth WhatsApp which has over 2 billion users worldwide.

Unlike Facebook Messenger and Instagram’s direct messages, WhatsApp features end-to-end encryption that prevents third parties including government and law enforcement from peering into messages in transit.

In 2019, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had outlined a plan that would see his company pivot away from public communications to focus on encrypted private messaging.

Crucial Quote

Responding to a question on WhatsApp integration on Twitter, Facebook’s EMEA Technology Communications Manager Alexandru Voica wrote, “Right now, we are focused on cross-app communications Messenger and Instagram. We are still determining how cross-app communications will work with WhatsApp. WhatsApp will continue to remain a separate, end-to-end encrypted app at this time.”

Chief Critic

After Zuckerberg