Six years since the launch of the Direct Messaging feature on Instagram, the popular photo-sharing platform is rolling out the feature on its desktop site and app. The feature is currently in test mode and will be soon available to all users globally. In a tweet, Instagram said, “We’re currently testing direct messaging on the web, so you can read and reply to your messages from wherever you are.” This will allow users to send and respond to DMs from the website as well as web app.
Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced that starting today, ‘a small percentage’ of global users will be able to access DMs from Instagram’s website. The DM feature on the web will be similar and work the same way as the mobile app. It will be useful for businesses, influencers and users who spend a lot of time on DMs. According to The Verge, users can create a group or start a chat with someone either from the DM screen or profile page. Just like the feature in the mobile app, users can share photos from their desktop and also double-tap to like a message. Additionally, users will also receive DM notifications on the desktop if they grant notification permission on the Instagram site in the browser. The feature is currently under development and Instagram says that it will improve it during the test period.
Instagram announced the web version of its platform way back in 2012 with limited functionality. Over the years, the Facebook-owned platform made additions like uploading photos and watching stories on its web version just like the mobile app. The latest DM feature for the web is a helpful addition for users who want the convenience of messaging on their desktop instead of using their smartphone.
Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the company has been planning on unifying all three apps – Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger that will allow users to message each other across platforms.