Instagram introduces Direct Messages to Web, Instagram Live

Social network platform Instagram is currently working on adding Web-based functionalities to the platform. Instagram has finally launched direct messaging for the desktop website. The feature for adding direct messages support for the Web comes after months of testing from Instagram. 

by Roselet Sheena Merli

Updated: Apr 13, 2020 18:12 IST

Tags: Social Tech
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Direct Messages on Web

The Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform has introduced access to direct messages on the Web. The introduction of direct messages on the web comes as Facebook's broader vision for a larger focus on private messaging. Bringing direct messages on the Web has been on Instagram's agenda for quite some time now. The Facebook-owned platform has been testing the feature for desktop browsers since January. 

Now, finally, Instagram has announced the development on Twitter, saying users can now "send Instagram Direct messages on desktop, no matter where they are in the world," indicating that the feature has rolled out globally for every user. 

Instagram Live

Instagram has also brought support for 'Instagram Live' videos on the desktop. The ability to view live video streams on computers is likely to boost engagement metrics, with more people multitasking on their computers, whilst working from home. The comments section is on the right side of the screen, as opposed to the transparent banner in the mobile app. Protection Status