Just recently, Instagram teased the internet of a unifying messaging feature across its platform, however, different from people’s expectation, the company seem to be interested in something else at the moment
Instagram has more people engage in its app rather than the web-based platforms for both mobiles and PCs. In what looks like an attempt to make the web platform even more engaging than before; the Facebook-owned Instagram wants to enable its users to send Direct Messages (DM) to other users on the platform. While this new development is just coming out of the oblivion, one can insinuate that it might be Facebook ’s first step towards achieving a centralized platform as announced earlier.
Instagram is reportedly testing the ability to send and receive direct messages through its website on mobile and desktop devices. Reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong first spotted the apparent internal test of the feature, which showed up shortly after reports that Facebook intended to unify its many messaging apps. The DM feature is not totally a strange feature, as it has been in use since a very long time, but only on the mobile app. Now the company wants to extend the feature to the desktop version as well. Apart from the DM, the desktop version also lacks the feature that allows users to send a post directly to other users. According to our source, all of this feature will be available after the update, although it is not still certain if it will be happening anytime soon.
Companies test new products and feature all the time, so there is no guarantee that desktop direct messages will roll out to users any time soon. However, given the recent reports of Facebook’s interest in restructuring its messaging services to allow cross-platform messaging between Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, it’s hard to imagine that this test wouldn’t factor into those plans.