If you share memes and chat with friends on Instagram It’s your kind of thing, so there’s news for you. According to some research by an app researcher, Instagram is internally testing its direct message feature on the web.
For those who do comparatively check the Instagram barebones web interface, there is very little to do other than scroll through your feed, check notifications, or search for something more specific. There is still no option to upload photos or share a story.
While Instagram has stated in the past that “there are no plans to allow users to upload photos or stories from the desktop” anytime soon, other features will slowly but steadily go to the web interface. Direct messages will be one of those features that will be added to the interface soon.
Instagram is testing Direct on the Web pic.twitter.com/bpdY9bep24
– Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 12, 2019
Discovered on Twitter by Jane manchun wong, the web interface that enables DMs will be a boon for those who use an iPad. Instagram doesn’t have an iPad app, making the web interface your only alternative.
Instagram’s internal testing of the feature on the web also occurs because Facebook is reportedly planning to merge WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram message threads. This makes sense for those who choose to trust Instagram Direct and therefore would need some way to access it from outside of the official Instagram app.
There is no official word on when the Direct Message feature will be rolled out for web users, but since Instagram has disabled the feature remotely for now, it suggests that the feature could be close to an announcement soon.
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