It used to be that whenever you wanted to send a private message to someone on Instagram, you really had no other options besides a Twitter DM, or a Facebook chat, or an actual email, or using geolocation tags to walk over to the place they posted the picture from and pushing word air out of your ducklips. But that’s all about to change, as the company announced today that they’re rolling out a new feature called Instagram Direct. Users will be able to share DMs and private pictures or videos. [Update: We thought it was coming soon, but turns out they’re already here!]
When you go in to post a picture (the same way that you’ve been posting pictures on Instagram), you’ll see two new tabs on the top of the post: Followers and Direct.
With Direct, you can choose a specific friend and type a special message, and that goes only to your friend. Once that friend opens up the photo, their profile picture within the message gets a check mark, noting that it’s been read. Users can also like direct photo messages, and chat can ensue from there.
You can send Direct messages up to 15 people, and Instagram Direct also offers up suggested recipients.
When you receive a photo, you’ll see a little inbox icon on the top right corner of the app, which will send you directly to your new messages. You can chat privately one-on-one or with a group of people
Let’s test it out! Find me at @lukeoneil47 and tell me you think I’m good and that my blog posts are good and that I’m pretty and good.