Adhering to CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of integrating its apps in one way or another,
has announced that it is merging
(Direct Message) with Facebook’s
“People are communicating in private spaces now more than ever. 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
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,” said Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, and Stan Chudnovsky, head of Messenger in a blog post.
Essentially, users who use Messenger app will be able to reach others on Instagram without needing to download a new app, and vice versa.
Besides this, the Instagram platform is also getting 10 new features that is said to make the experience seamless. These include Selfie stickers, emojis, Watch Together and a vanish mode, where you can set messages to automatically disappear after they’re seen.
Talking about privacy, the blog post has mentioned that the apps will give their users the choice and controls to manage their privacy, including whether message requests go to their Chats list, their Message Requests folder, or whether they receive them at all.
When it comes to the availability of this integrated messaging experience, the blog post mentions, “We’re rolling out these new features on Instagram and Messenger in a few countries around the world, and we’ll expand globally soon.”