Instagram Tests A Standalone Messaging App

IG Direct

IG Direct

By April of this year, Direct had surpassed 375 million users more than half of Instagram's global community of roughly 600 million users.

According to a new report from The Verge, the Facebook-owned company today confirmed it is testing Direct, "a camera-first app that connects seamlessly back to Instagram", in six countries - Turkey, Italy, Israel, Portugal, Chile, and Uruguay.

An account and settings option will live to the camera's left, while swiping the other way will present you with the list of chats, exactly as it works on Instagram's main app now.

Like its parent company Facebook, moving Direct out of its core app could turn out to be quite successful for Instagram in the long run. If you install the app Direct, the inbox usually disappears from the Instagram app and can only be availed in the messaging app. Instagram Direct will borrow another page out of Snapchat's playbook: It will open directly to the camera first in order to encourage sharing. These are still three different markets and Facebook might just be hoping it stays that way but there is a certain amount of fatigue that sets in simply knowing you now have to deal with so many messaging apps and eventually people pick one or the other.

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Instagram is using the same argument as Facebook did in 2014 to justify a standalone app.

What do you think of the idea of a standalone Direct app?

The challenge for Instagram would be to expand Direct at the same time maintaining its simplicity which is the most appealing factor of the app.

"We want Instagram to be a place for all of your moments, and private sharing with close friends is an important part of that", Instagram product manager Hemal Shah told The Verge.

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Today, Instagram is testing out yet another change with the launch of a standalone Instagram Direct app.

Instagram is one of the most popular social media networks on the planet.

Well, get ready for the sequel, as the same thing is about to happen with Instagram. Direct has grown within Instagram over the past four years, but we can make it even better if it stands on its own. If you anxious this new app would make private messaging complicated, this proves it won't.

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