Tag: Messenger

01
Oct
2020
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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.

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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

Instagram Merges With Messenger for Simpler Messaging

Instagram now offers cross-app messaging and calling with Messenger.

The plan to merge the two services was first announced by parent-company Facebook in early 2019, with today’s official announcement coming after a trial period that started in mid-August, 2020.

It means that users of Instagram and Messenger will be able to exchange direct messages, photos, and videos with friends and family without hopping in and out of different apps, or downloading new ones.

The change is currently being rolled out on Instagram and Messenger in a number of countries around the world, with a global expansion coming soon.

The social networking giant also intends to merge the messaging services of another of its acquisitions, WhatsApp, in the near future, and add secure end-to-end encryption between all three.

“People are communicating in private spaces now more than ever,” Facebook wrote in a post announcing the update. “More than a billion people already use Messenger as a place to share, hang out and express themselves with family and friends. That’s why we’re connecting the Messenger and Instagram experience to bring some of the best Messenger features to Instagram — so you have access to the best messaging experience, no matter which app you use.”

No download is needed, though for the time being at least, users have to opt in to use the new system. At some point, we can expect that everyone will be automatically moved to the new experience.

Facebook is offering a bunch of new features to encourage people to make the switch, among them access to so-called “selfie stickers” and a new way to watch videos with friends and family during a call, while a new “vanish mode” lets you set messages to automatically disappear after they’ve been seen.

Explaining why it decided to merge the services, Facebook

30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Facebook Integrates Messenger Chat With Instagram

Facebook  (FB) – Get Report said on Wednesday that it would incorporate its Messenger service with Instagram’s direct messages, enabling the apps’ users to directly communicate with each other through calls and chats.

Users can also control where and whether they receive messages and calls — in their chats or message requests, or not at all according to the company’s privacy control policies, the Menlo Park, Calif., social-media giant said in a statement.

With the new update, Facebook is changing how users can control their privacy, including tools that will enable them to report suspicious activity.

Facebook said it would first integrate those features on Instagram and Messenger in a few countries and then expand globally.

With the update, users can stay connected with their friends and family without deciding which app to use to communicate. Instagram users can decide if they want to update to the new feature.

Some of the features from Messenger that will be integrated with Instagram include replying to a specific message, forwarding messages, and customizable chat colors and themes.

The messaging update will also include features such as Watch Together, which enables users to watch videos with their friends on IGTV during a video call.

Other features include selfie stickers and Vanish Mode, through which users can ensure that messages automatically disappear after they have been seen or read.

And there’s more yet: the opportunity to share content with up to five friends or groups; animated message effects, and enhanced reporting and blocking updates.

More than 100 billion messages are sent across Facebook’s apps every day, the company said.

Facebook has been under antitrust scrutiny. Lawmakers and regulators have voiced concern about Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to integrate Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.

CNN reported that integrating the three could ensure that

30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Facebook integrates Messenger and Instagram

Sept. 30 (UPI) — Facebook said Wednesday it has combined Instagram with Facebook Messenger in the latest step to integrate the two platforms.

Messenger replaced Instagram’s old messaging service, Instagram Direct, a move that will allow users to send chat messages, and share photos and videos between the two platforms. It’s part of Facebook’s bigger plans that would include the incorporation of WhatsApp into Facebook as well.

“More than a billion people already use Messenger as a place to share, hang out and express themselves with family and friends,” Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, and Stan Chudnovsky, head of Messenger, said in a statement. “That’s why we’re connecting the Messenger and Instagram experience to bring some of the best Messenger features to Instagram — so you have access to the best messaging experience, no matter which app you use.”

Facebook said users will be able to communicate across apps seamlessly, watch videos together, customize emoji reactions, incorporate message controls and easily forward content. The integrated platforms also will offer enhanced reporting and blocking for safety.

“In our research, four out of five people who use messaging apps in the [United States] say that spending more time connecting with friends and family on these apps is important to them, yet one out of three people sometimes find it difficult to remember where to find a certain conversation thread,” Mosseri and Chudnovsky said. “With this update, it will be even easier to stay connected without thinking about which app to use to reach your friends and family.”

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30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Facebook launches cross-platform messaging on Instagram and Messenger

Facebook has taken its biggest step yet in integrating its various messaging platforms, allowing select users on Messenger and Instagram to message one another app to app. In addition to the launch of cross-platform messaging, Instagram is also getting a major overhaul of its DM system, which will be expanded with features taken from Messenger.

New Instagram messaging tools include vanishing messages, selfie stickers, custom emoji, chat colors, new ways to block unwanted messages, and the introduction of Messenger’s Watch Together feature, which lets you watch videos with friends during a video call.

Users will be able to reject the update if they choose, but Facebook will no doubt be betting that access to new features will encourage them to say yes. In addition to cross-platform messaging, users on Instagram and Messenger can also search for profiles across both apps simultaneously. Users can opt out of these features if they wish.

Exactly when and where Instagram and Messenger cross-platform messaging will be available is unclear, though. According to CNN, the feature is currently being “tested in select markets and will expand globally in the coming months.” There’s no public timeline on when Facebook might also begin integrating its other messaging behemoth, WhatsApp.

The news is part of an ambitious plan outlined by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2019 to transition his social media empire from one founded on public spaces to one with a greater focus on private communication. As Zuckerberg explained in 2019, “private messaging, ephemeral stories, and small groups are by far the fastest growing areas of online communication.” By integrating messages on its various apps, each of which has more than 1 billion users, Facebook hopes to capture as much of this market as possible.

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