Instagram DMs just got a whole lot better with the latest update | Technology

Instagram DMs just got a whole lot better with the latest update | Technology
Instagram DMs just got a whole lot better with the latest update | Technology

Meta announced several updates for Instagram to improve messaging

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  • Meta has announced several new messaging updates for the Instagram app.
  • Users will now be able to reply to new messages without having to navigate the inbox.
  • Tapping and holding the "Share" button on a post will reveal your closest friends.
  • Soon, users will be able to share music previews from Apple Music, Amazon Music and Spotify.

Following new messaging updates for WhatsApp and Messenger, Meta is now rolling out a range of features geared toward Instagram.  Updates are ready to make it easy to share posts and reply to messages from anywhere you are.

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One handy change coming to Instagram DMs is the ability to reply to new messages as you browse.  Instead of interrupting your browsing session, users will have a new in-app notification that will enable quick responses from where you are without the need to navigate to the inbox.

Additionally, when you find a post you want to share, you can now do so more quickly by hitting the "Send" button.  This will display a row of "your closest friends" with whom you can quickly share the post—again, without interrupting your browsing.  And if you find yourself in your inbox, Meta is highlighting how a line at the top of your inbox — la Messenger — will show you who's online and available to chat.

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Meta is also bringing a new feature to Instagram that just arrived on Messenger.  The new Silent Messages allow you to hit your friends without any notification, which can be especially helpful if you're messaging late at night or just don't want to bother anyone.

Instagram is also introducing a new lo-fi chat theme and the ability to send polls in group messages, again borrowing from Messenger.

Soon, users will be able to share previews of their favorite tunes, thanks to integration with some of the best music streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music.  This will allow users to preview up to 30 seconds of a song in direct chat, which can be great for discovering music. 

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These features come just a day after Meta announced several updates for WhatsApp's voice messaging feature, showing that the company is rolling out new features to enhance its messaging app.  Instagram's new features are rolling out now "in select countries," with plans to expand them globally soon.

Source: Derek Lee, Android Central, Direct News 99