Instagram introduces a range of new messaging features

Instagram has rolled out several new messaging features. Some of the changes include the ability to share music previews in DMs, the ability to send a message silently, the ability to see who’s online to chat with, the ability to reply to messages while you browse your feed and more.  

This comes after the platform head Adam Mosseri proclaimed late last year, he said Instagram was no longer a photo-sharing app, it’s a communications sharing tool. 

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While speaking recently about the new development in the company, Mosseri said, “We think Instagram can be the best place for people to connect with their friends about their interests, and Instagram is to embrace the fact that messaging is that primary form of communication.” 

Here’s the laundry list of new features Instagram introduced: 

  • Music sharing: Instagram will integrate with Apple Music, Amazon Music and, soon, Spotify, to allow users to share 30-second song previews in chats.
  • Reply while browsing: The app will allow you to reply to new messages while browsing their Feed, without having to go to the inbox and lose your place.
  • Quick sending: You can now tap and hold the share button to quickly re-share posts to your closest four friends.
  • Status: At the top of your inbox, you can now see who’s free to chat with, similar to Messenger.
  • Silent messages: You can opt to send messages to friends without bothering them — like when you know they’re busy or asleep. To do so, you’ll add “@silent” to your message.
  • Lo-fi chat theme: A new theme designed to make conversations feel more personal, which features a cityscape scene and a cat.
  • Polls: You can now use the Poll sticker to create a poll directly in the group chat.

For now, these new messages features are only available in a selected few markets, they will be launched worldwide soon. 

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