Instagram plans to kill standalone Direct app

By

Instagram 2
It's time to say your goodbyes.
Photo: Instagram

Instagram has confirmed plans to kill its standalone Direct app for Android and iOS.

The Snapchat clone made its debut in December 2017, but is being axed as part of Facebook’s mission to consolidate its services into a single platform. Users will see their conversations automatically moved to the regular Instagram app.

Instagram Direct gives you greater control over replays

By

Instagram
Instagram makes sharing Stories simpler.
Photo: Instagram

Instagram Direct is one-upping Snapchat with an improved replay option that gives senders complete control.

When you post a photo or video with Instagram Direct, you can choose whether the recipient can replay it temporarily, see a permanent thumbnail in the chat log, or view it only once.

Instagram adds stickers as users flock to Stories

By

insta
Add selfie stickers to your Instagram selfie to communicate with more than one expression.
Photo: Instagram

Snapchat may be popular with the young, but Instagram continues to show it can be young and fun, too.

The photo-sharing network of 600 million users rolled out new sticker tools Thursday in response to the rapidly growing number of people using the Stories feature.

Oh Snap! Instagram just got easier to use

By

Instagram
Instagram makes sharing Stories simpler.
Photo: Instagram

Instagram has retooled its Direct feature so that users can combine disappearing photos and videos with permanent text and image messages in the same thread.

The new Direct is the latest in a series of upgrades Instagram has made to reverse a dip in daily engagement and take on its biggest competitor, Snapchat.

Instagram gets more social with direct messaging

By

instagram-gets-more-social-with-direct-messaging-image-cultofandroidcomwp-contentuploads201509Instagram-Direct-jpg
New social features add solid functionality to both iOS and Android versions. Photo: Instagram
New social features add solid functionality to both iOS and Android versions. Photo: Instagram

Photo-sharing service Instagram takes another step closer to becoming its own self-contained social network today with features aimed at the 85 million folks using Instagram Direct, which lets you send direct messages to individual users or groups of up to 15 people.

The new features include threaded messaging and a new way to share Instagram videos or photos within those direct messages.