The platform that perhaps brought the square photo format in the social media era no longer requires square photos, at least not in the private messages. On Thursday, May 25, Instagram announced two new updates to the Direct messaging function, expansion of the ability to share photos-crop-free of charge as well as the embedded link previews in the chat.
The non-square photos in portrait or landscape, can be shared as permanent pictures or videos in an Instant, not to be confused with Instagram’s burn after reading, the disappearance of photos. The function makes sharing photos in a private chat with other users, is faster, nothing is mandatory, but selecting the photo from the camera roll and send.
Sharing links on the platform and also improves with the last update. Now, web on the left shows a preview of the content of the site with a picture, headline and a few lines of text, offering a glimpse of the content before you click. Phone numbers and addresses sent via Direct will also be displayed as links.
Both functions come as Instagram continues to refine the updated messaging platform launched last month. Since the introduction of the new Instagram Direct in April, we are excited to give people more ways to have fun, visual calls. Well continue to make improvements to Instagram Directly throughout the year, the blog post reads.
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While Instagram has a private messaging option, as 2013 is the revamped platform the function in April. The changes of the disappearing photos added at the end of last year, and the permanent messages to the same location, and ended up going back and forth between messages with the same person. Around 375 million users are using the Direct, according to the data, Instagram shared over the past month.
The new link previews are already available on Android and iOS. Apple users got the access to the upload of the landscape or the portrait images first, with a Thursday roll-out, with the feature expected to come to Android users soon.