Starting today, Instagram has finally brought its Direct Message option on its desktop site and app, almost after six years of providing the same service on its phone app.
“We’re currently testing direct messaging on the web, so you can read and reply to your messages from wherever you are. So you can read and reply to your messages from wherever you are,” tweeted the Facebook-owned social media platform.
DMs, but make them desktop. 👍
We’re currently testing Direct messaging on the web, so you can read and reply to your messages from wherever you are. pic.twitter.com/VJ06EpETxG— Instagram (@instagram)
January 14, 2020
As mentioned in the tweet, the feature rollout is right now in test mode, and more details on a potential wide-scale rollout will come in the future.
Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri also shared the info on his Twitter account. He mentioned that a “small percentage” of the platform’s global users will be able to access their DMs from Instagram’s website. He also hinted on the fact that the messaging service on the social media platform will be available globally to all users soon.
The Direct Messaging service on the web will apparently be similar to that in the mobile app. According to The Verge report, you will be able to create new groups or start a chat with someone either from the DM screen or a profile page. Also, you can double-tap to like a message, share photos from the desktop just like you did via your phone. You’ll also be able to receive desktop DM notifications if you enable notifications for the Instagram site in your browser.
However, the feature is still under development and will roll out soon to all the users.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed last year that the company has been planning on intergrating Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram with each other to let their users message each other across platforms.
Calling it a long-term project, Zuckerberg said the cross-app functionality will happen in 2020 or beyond.