Facebook has finally brought its promised cross-app communication between Messenger and Instagram direct messages…
For quite some time now, Facebook has said that it will blend its apps for easier communications. Back in August, people began to see a new message reading, “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram.” Tapping on the button contained in the pop-up quickly transformed the Instagram chat logo into Messenger’s logo. That moved showed Facebook was serious about bringing cross-platform integration to its products.
Facebook Integrates Facebook Messenger with Instagram Direct Messages
Now, it is finally coming to fruition. In an announcement, Facebook explains that is intertwining Facebook Messenger with Instagram direct messages. This includes reactions, chat colors, and even watching videos in sync with others. Plus, Facebook has added some new features, like selfie stickers and a “vanish mode.” (The latter deletes messages after they’ve been read.)
Although this is a big change, it doesn’t require Facebook Messenger to be installed. Users can simply access Messenger through Instagram. What’s more, people won’t have to update to the new experience. The changes are already rolling out in some countries and will be available worldwide soon.
“People are communicating in private spaces now more than ever. More than a billion people already use Messenger as a place to share, hang out and express themselves with family and friends. That’s why we’re connecting the Messenger and Instagram experience to bring some of the best Messenger features to Instagram – so you have access to the best messaging experience, no matter which app you use. People on Instagram can decide whether to update immediately to this new experience.”