Instagram was updated last night (GMT) with a brand new photo messaging service – similar to Snapchat. Instagram Direct allows you to send images and videos directly through the app to other people. There’s no ‘chat’ facility per se, it’s more about sending a singular image or video and then chatting about it. A photo or video is required to start a new conversation but up to 15 members can discuss the same media.
When you open Instagram, you’ll now see a new icon in the top right corner of your home feed. Tap it to open your inbox where you’ll see photos and videos that people have sent to you. To send a photo or video to specific people, tap the camera button to enter the same simple photo or video capture and editing screens. At the top of the share screen, you’ll see the option to share with your followers (“Followers”) or to send to specific people (“Direct”). To send using Direct, tap the names of the people you want to send your photo or video to, write your caption, tap “send” and you’re done.
After sending, you’ll be able to find out who’s seen your photo or video, see who’s liked it and watch your recipients commenting in real time as the conversation unfolds.
Photos and videos that you receive from people you follow will appear immediately. If someone you’re not following sends you a photo or video on Instagram, it will go to your requests so you can decide if you want to view it.
Check out the video below to learn more.