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Instagram Announces Instagram Direct, Private Video and Photo Messenger Built Into Instagram

Instagram, the filter-centric social network, took to the stage this morning before a small crowd of press to announce their latest experiment, Instagram Direct. Instagram already lets you share photos with everyone on your list, but no real option for messaging and keeping up with specific followers. Instagram Direct allows users to share photos with select groups of people to keep that inside joke a secret or share something special with a loved one. 

Available for Android today, the new update will add an inbox feature into Instagram that allows users to start private conversations with people or groups of people. A direct message has to start off with a photo, but from there, text can be exchanged back and forth between the members of that group. Instagram now has a real time list of users running on it so you can see your friends online as they open the app and you will get notifications as soon as someone likes your photo or replies to your direct message.

Here is how it works:

To send a photo or video to specific people, tap the camera button to enter the same simple photo or video capture and editing screens. At the top of the share screen, you’ll see the option to share with your followers (“Followers”) or to send to specific people (“Direct”). To send using Direct, tap the names of the people you want to send your photo or video to, write your caption, tap “send” and you’re done.

Update: We have the .apk available for download right here.

Instagram 5.0 will be available for download in Google Play sometime later today. Will you use this, or is it just another messaging service in the long list out there?

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Via: Instagram
  • M.y

    How cum i dnt get a notification on a direct mesage on a pik dat takes da piss n how do u tell wen somebody is online

  • Now all the women teasing with sexy pics and videos will get all the thirsty in their inbox all at once. Built up over a year now. {{^_^}}

  • LifeinKiev

    http://www.tagsforhearts.com u can use for tagging

  • truth_cutz

    Kinda like email…..

  • a.d.AM


  • BigMixxx

    EVERYONE is going after snapchat….

  • jbegs

    I just received the update. Looks pretty cool. I will have to give it a shot.

  • migueljonathan

    Clearly they didn’t update their look for Android…. Dicks!

  • chris_johns

    nice…now i can holler at all the lil hookers who like my pics

  • j

    If only there were another way to share photos and videos and private messages with other select people using your smartphone.. I can’t believe it’s taken THIS long!!

  • beav

    “share something special with a loved one”

  • Jon Kruse

    Why don’t people use text messaging for this sort of crap?

    • Because this isn’t 2005 anymore, and there are a lot more people with data-only devices

      • DERP

        Yup – tablets.

      • Booyah


  • Booyah

    Really tried to like this app. I just don’t see the point though when G+ and FB essentially do the same thing…

    • The big difference here is that Instagram is only about photos and videos. I follow a lot of people from different parts of the world and different organizations who post photos that I want to see, but don’t necessarily want to see posts and statuses about their daily life. Hence why I don’t friend them on FB or G+

      • Booyah

        That’s fair. Different strokes I suppose.

  • samosa king

    So they copied Snapchat…

    • 918273645ams

      Yep, right after snapchat denied their $3b offer…

  • Sirx

    Sooo…they invented group sexting?

  • Lambo_21

    sooo it’s snapchat… but permanent

    • DERP

      …..Which means it’s not Snapchat?

      • Lambo_21

        whoops… was supposed to say like snapchat in there. not is (basically saying the copied snapchat but made it permanent instead of a timer…

  • Prince Campbell III

    Oh boy let the personal finger banging videos start to flow…..

    • BroRob

      …and remember, Instagram owns the rights to any of your private photos/videos. I’m going to get the popcorn and watch all the fireworks…