Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Instagram Direct is the pure Snapchat clone you've been waiting for

Kevin Systrom Instagram CEO Kevin
Mandy Jefferson | 08 December, 2017, 01:04

(You don't have to take a photo, though; you can also pull down to reveal a screen that lets you type your message.) To the left of the camera is a profile screen that lets you access settings, switch accounts, and navigate to various corners of Instagram. The app will open up with the camera in a similar fashion to Snapchat, and installing the standalone Direct app will actually remove the Direct feature from the standard Instagram app. Users who download Direct will see their Instagram inbox disappear, but it comes back when the messaging-only app is deleted. Now being tested in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay, the app separates itself from the main Instagram experinece while still tying in pretty closely.

When users open the app, a camera will open that is identical to Instagram's, but with four new exclusive filters. It looks exactly like Direct does on Instagram already so you shouldn't experience a learning curve here, either. One proposal? Breaking Instagram's Direct Messages feature out into a separate messaging application called Direct, which launches today in a handful of developing markets.

"We want Instagram to be a place for all of your moments, and private sharing with close friends is an important part of that", Hemal Shah, an Instagram product manager, told The Verge's Casey Newton. I would miss the lack of messaging facility in the main Instagram app but if it means there is even a small possibility that Stories goes away from it and we go back to the good old days of pre-Facebook Instagram then I'm completely fine with it.

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Soon you may have yet another way to privately message friends.

Instagram is adding a new feature that will add your expired stories to a private archive. Instagram will add your expired stories to the feature; but with option for users to opt out at any time they so desire to. With Stories moved to Direct, it could either help increase the user base of Direct or make people stop using the feature and the app entirely. When tapping its icon, you'll be greeted by a very familiar interface. In your Stories Archive, your stories will appear in a grid with the most recent stories at the bottom.

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