Instagram Updates Its Direct Messaging Feature w Chat Threads, Photo Sending & More [Video]

Instagram just announced yesterday that major updates are coming to Instagram Direct, its built in messaging feature.

Today we’re announcing improvements to Instagram Direct including threaded messages and sending content from your feed as a Direct message.

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What’s New In This Version:
Threaded messages make it easier to go back and forth with the people you talk to the most. Instead of creating a new conversation every time you send a photo or video, your threads are now based on the people in them — and your moments flow along naturally.

Instagram has also added the ability to name your groups, a quick camera feature to respond with a selfie on the fly, and larger-than-life emoji for when there are just no words.

To share content, today people often @-mention friends in comments, so much so that nearly 40% of comments include an @-mention. Now there’s a new arrow next to the like and comment icons under every post. Tap it to send that post to a friend or group as a message using Instagram Direct. It will appear as part of your conversation, and you can tap the photo or video to see and like the original post. You can also send hashtag pages and location pages by tapping the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner.

Instagram Direct – Introducing Improvements from Instagram on Vimeo.

Instagram for iOS version 7.5 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.5 is available today on Google Play.

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