Facebook’s answer to Skype and other popular video chat tools, Messenger Rooms, now works over on subsidiary Instagram, too…
The coronavirus work-from-home dynamic puts enormous demand on technology. During the quarantine, Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, and other video conferencing platforms have seen their largest usage. Facebook isn’t letting the opportunity go to waste, either. The home of the biggest social network recently introduced Messenger Rooms, which not only works on Messenger but now, on Instagram, as well.
Facebook Messenger Rooms is now available Instagram
Messenger Rooms for Instagram is already rolling out — though it requires an Instagram account that’s linked to a Facebook account. It serves as an alternative to Instagram’s existing group calling feature, which only supports six participants, as it can handle up to fifty at a time.
Of course, there are downsides. The biggest perhaps is the fact that since it requires an active Facebook account. That means people must use their real names, whereas they can enjoy a bit more anonymity through Instagram’s in-app video chat. And, it means there’s a connection between the two social profiles, which some users might not like.
The point of all of this is Facebook’s overall desire to integrate all its services. For a few years now, there’s been incremental efforts to tie its products together in cross-platform features.