Shalom Life | October 20, 2014

Instagram Launches Direct Messaging

Thank God, your latest embarrassing selfie can now be private

By: Zak Edwards

Published: December 12th, 2013 in Business » World

Instagram, which was recently hailed the best platform for brands, users today were greeted with a service that made most of us say, “Why wasn’t this here all along?” That’s right, Instagram now has direct messaging.

Whether or not the move is to silence Israel's Mobli, a photo-sharing service that has been actively campaigning for Instagram users to switch over, remains to be seen.

While other social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, who owns Instagram, have had private message options since their inception, Instagram has only now given their users the option of sending pictures to people privately.

Now your Instagram inbox can be filled with photos of food you didn’t eat and maybe some inappropriate selfies. Before, Instagram photos had to be shared with either everyone or no one; Instagram Direct is going to change that.

Here’s how it works: A new update now allows users to change the visibility of pictures and videos, limiting who can see them. Photos and videos marked as limited views can have a maximum audience of 15 so, if it’s an inside joke, it stays on the inside. Also, when people look at the image, the poster will be notified, not unlike Facebook messenger.

Just like Facebook and Twitter, these limited pics are in their own inbox and are kept separate from the feed.

Reactions online have been mixed, from people disliking the app’s increasing complexity to people eagerly wanting to limit who sees their pics.

What about you, faithful Shalom Life readers? What do you think of the new addition to Instagram?
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