Instagram is testing the integration of its messaging (Instagram Direct) on the Web interfaces. A welcome novelty for a low-functionality version.
Image credit: Jane Manchun Wong
Previously reserved for the mobile application, the direct messaging of Instagram seems to extend to its mobile and desktop sites. This is Jane Manchun Wong, famous on Twitter to reverse engineer applications and discover features still under development.
Here, it is on the website of the platform that the young developer has discovered a prototype of the direct messages of Instagram online. She said since the feature has been disabled remotely (server side). She nevertheless had the opportunity to make some screenshots to get an idea of the appearance of this feature, approaching the experience that we can have on the application itself.
Instagram's Live on the Web will also be available on desktop pic.twitter.com/Y3iTIdDwKV
– Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 12, 2019
In the screenshots presented, we find an aspect identical to the messaging present on the application of Instagram. As for the desktop version, a new icon will appear in the upper right corner. A welcome feature when you know that Web versions of Instagram are rather low in interest. Indeed for the moment, it is only possible to consult his thread of news, but not to publish a photo or a story.
A step towards the standardization of services?
The New York Times, at the end of January, reported the desire of Facebook to unify the messaging of its various services: Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. The goal for Facebook is to be able to more easily connect the users of these applications, without requiring registration on each platform. With Messaging Web Messenger and WhatsApp, it lacked only Instagram to move towards this announced standardization.
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