Apr 1st, 2022

Meta is delivering a plethora of new capabilities for Instagram, after new messaging enhancements for WhatsApp. The new features will make it easy to share content and respond to conversations from anywhere.

See DMs as they come in

The option to respond to fresh messages while browsing Instagram DMs is a welcome addition. Users will also have a new interface that will allow quick responses without having to navigate to the inbox, rather than interrupting their surfing activities.

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Hit that share

Additionally, you may now share a post more quickly by hitting and holding the “send” button when you locate one you wish to share. This will bring up a list of “your closest friends” with whom you may instantly share the post — all while continuing to browse. If you’re in your inbox, Meta is showing how a row at the top of your inbox — similar to Messenger — will show you who is online and able to speak.

In a nod to Messenger, Instagram is also adding a new lo-fi chat style and the ability to post votes in group messaging.

Bop to the beat

Thanks to integrations with some of the top music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, users will soon be able to share previews of their favorite tunes. Users will be able to listen to up to 30 seconds of a song immediately in the chat, which could be useful for music discovery. Instagram’s new features are now being rolled out in “certain countries,” with intentions to expand them globally in the near future.

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