Instagram plans to take the support of direct messages to the web, which helps to make your web experience more similar to that of an application. According to a new report from TechCrunch, Instagram is testing Instagram Direct on the web with support for desktop and mobile computers, including the iPad.
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The design of Instagram Direct on the web that the company is currently testing is very similar to the experience in the application. In the upper right corner, you'll find the Instagram Direct icon. From there, you can touch it and access a complete list of your messages. The feature was discovered for the first time on Twitter by Jane manchun wong and you can see it below.
Infamous Instagram lacks an iPad application, instead of pushing users to trust the web experience. This means that it is impossible to access Instagram Direct on the iPad without using the iPhone climbing app. Bringing support for Direct to the web will change that, even if it is not the complete iPad application that many people are waiting for.
Instagram tests of direct support on the web also occur when, reportedly, Facebook plans to merge the message threads of WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. Those who choose to trust Instagram Direct, therefore, would need some way to access it outside of the official Instagram application, which it provides.
As TechCrunch The notes on the increased use of Instagram Direct would also allow Facebook to monetize it:
A web version could make Instagram Direct a more complete SMS alternative instead of a simple function to discuss the content of the photo and video application. While Facebook does not monetize Instagram Direct itself, it could make users browse through more ads while waiting for answers.
It is not clear when exactly direct Instagram support will be launched on the web, but apparently it will be sooner rather than later. Have you been waiting for Instagram's direct support on the web? Let us know in the comments.
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