Another day and we have yet another update from Facebook.
The latest news is that the social media platform has begun its integration operations, as a result of which the chats of Instagram and Messenger are getting merged. This new transformation was observed across both android and iOS devices on Friday.
A notification popped on our screens while using Instagram with the message that there’s a new way to message or DM on Instagram. The notification included a list of features with a colorful look for the chats and added emoji reactions. In addition, there was an option saying swipe-to-reply, and of course, chat with friends who use Facebook.
Basically, if you press the option of updating, the regular-sized DM icon that is available at the top right section of Instagram will be replaced by the logo of Facebook’s Messenger. Furthermore, you can see that the chats on Instagram are far more colorful than before. For example, you can now view the sender’s messages shift their color between blue and purple as you scroll. So far, you can’t message a Facebook user using your Instagram DM option.
The intention of Facebook is now clear. It wants to unite the two messaging platforms. This way, popular apps like WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger can cross-message and make things fun.
Apart from this, it was earlier reported that Facebook was rebuilding its infrastructure so that users who’re currently on only one of the apps could connect to other apps owned by Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg – the CEO of Facebook, has reassured and said that he intends to make the system end-to-end encrypted. And by merging Instagram and all the apps owned by Facebook, his ambition might come true. Additionally, Facebook may even be more competitive and be upfront with its competitor iMessage of Apple.
If you’ve noticed a similar change, then you should also beware that this is a testing experience – for now.
As per Facebook's spokesperson, only a few people can now update and experience the change. Let's hope that they like the new experience and we look forward to testing it in various other countries and are ready to learn from this.
Fact: Facebook bought the rights of Instagram for $1 billion back in 2012. It went on to purchase WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion.
Some people might find this change to be a matter of concern because not everyone is interested in overlapping their social media accounts. It is a common known fact that Instagram users like to have a limited and selected people added to their accounts whereas Facebook is usually quite open. Thus, if this merger goes beyond the messaging, users might not support it.
For now, we can just wait and see how the reactions come about for this current experiment.