Facebook’s integration of Instagram is complete. The company is merging Messenger with Instagram’s Direct Messages. This also means Instagram users will get several new features. The company detailed all the new features in a blog post. These include disappearing messages, selfie stickers, reactions, chat colours, and more:
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Communicate between Facebook Messenger and Instagram as ‘one app’
Facebook has integrated the Messenger platform and Instagram’s Direct Message platform. This will allow users to reach one another on either of the apps for messages and calls.
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Watch videos together during video calls
Users will be able to see videos on Facebook Watch, IGTV, TV shows, movies, and more with friends and family as part of a video call.
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Send disappearing messages
Through a ‘Vanish Mode’ users will be able to send messages that will disappear once they are seen or when the chat is closed.
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Use your very own selfie stickers
Users will be able to create a series of boomerang stickers with your selfie to use in conversation.
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New options to make your chats ‘colourful’
Users will be able to choose colour gradients and add personalisation to their chats.
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Create your ‘own’ emojis
Users will be able to create a shortcut of their selected emojis to react quickly to messages.
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Forwarding messages made easier
Users will be able to send messages to up to 5 users or groups though forwarding feature.
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Ability to reply to specific messages, just like WhatsApp
Just like WhatsApp, users will be able to reply to a particular message on the chat to keep the flow of the conversation.
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Add new animated effects to your messages
Users will be able to use animated send effects in the conversation.
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Make use of message controls
As part of added security, users will have the option to decide who can message them directly and who cannot.