Instagram Direct brings photo and video messaging to image sharing platform

Instagram announced new features for their image sharing platform at a small press event this morning. Dubbed Instagram Direct, the service now allows you to share images privately to up to 15 people at a time, giving you and your friends a private look at the joys, laughs, cries and sorrows of life.

Instagram Direct messages can show up between all the content in your main feed, and users will be able to like and comment on photos and videos just as they would on a public post. Users can control who is allowed to share photos with them, so you won’t be getting any inappropriate pics from that immature friend you don’t trust.

It’s not the biggest, most unique thing in the world, but if you already have your photo-sharing life wrapped up in Instagram we’re sure you’ll come to love these features. The upgrade should be hitting the Google Play Store at some point today.

[via Instagram]

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  • David Narada Brown

    COOL! snap chat watch out!

    • therealdouche

      not gonna affect snapchat at all. these pics and videos wont delete after you see them and you can screen shot freely

      • Mr. Smith

        Say hello to vine for me


    Why didn’t Snapchat take the fat check? I guess billion dollar opportunities come easy these days.

  • Fodografes

    Will there be a way to tell which photos weren’t shared publicly?

  • Ulysses King

    There’s an inaccuracy in Quentyn’s article. Instagram Direct photos/videos will NOT show up in your main feed, rather, they go into your inbox, which you can view by tapping the icon in the top right of the app. See Instagram blog post for more details:

  • blest

    Let the d*ck pic wave begin!

    • Subzer0

      you sure are awfully excited about d*cks.

      • blest

        Maybe I’m one the guys who sends them out to women all over social media. o_O

    • Michael Parks

      d*ck pics with filters! yay!