Instagram Launches Private Messaging, Photos & Videos

on December 13, 2013 | Instagram | Comments (0)

igv5directInstagram have just announced a major update of their application to version 5.0, which now supports sending private messages, photos and videos to your friends. The latest update is flagged Instagram Direct.

Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder of Instagram help a press event in Manhattan, New York today where he told reports further details about this latest update.

Systrom went on to say: “I would like to introduce Instagram Direct, a simple way to send photos and videos to your friends and family,”

“Sometimes there are moments that are meant for one person, or a few close friends: an inside joke among friends, or a picture sent to someone you love just to say hello,”

Photos and videos that you receive from people you follow will appear immediately. If someone you’re not following sends you a photo or video on Instagram, it will go to your requests so you can decide if you want to view it. After sending, you’ll be able to find out who’s seen your photo or video, see who’s liked it and watch your recipients commenting in real time as the conversation unfolds.

This is a clear move by Facebook & Instagram to further compete with new age social media apps like WhatsApp, Twitter and Snapchat. It is clear there is a new trend towards sending photos to a select group or people, rather than public broadcast status type updates.

Now that private messaging is available on Instagram, does that mean we will see a whole lot of sexting and naughty private photos? Maybe, probably.

Here is the video from the press event:

If you want to see the Instagram Direct promo video, check this out:

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