Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom unveiled a new feature “Instagram Direct” during a press conference in Manhattan on Thursday.
Instagram’s new private photo-sharing messaging allows users to send a photo or video to a single person or up to 15 people, and to have real-time text conversations. Also, you can send just messages to users who follow you.
It might sound like Snapchat, but Instagram’s new feature is slightly different and a bit more useful. Images and videos don’t disappear seconds after you see them and you can have private conversations about the messages or photos you send to your friends in a comments section.
But Instagram’s catchy private photo-sharing feature must be used carefully. Have a look at this:
The picture above posted by a Reddit user throws light on the fact that Instagram’s direct messaging is more like that of Facebook, where all the recipients can see the others the message was sent to, unlike Twitter, where you send a message directly to the person concerned.
So, if you are planning to use Instagram’s direct messaging to send some private pictures or for sexting, make sure you don’t commit the same mistake this guy in the photo above did.
Instagram Direct photos are built to last. Unlike Snapchat, these photos are not available temporarily, nor Instagram is interested in doing that anytime soon.
But for those who just want to send nice photos and videos with Sepia and Mayfair filters to their friends, Instagram is more likely a better alternative.
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