After so many years, Facebook has finally merged the Instagram and Messenger chat platforms.
The Verge presented update notices that were featured on Instagram’s mobile app on Android and iOS devices last week, with the text “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram.”
Some new features were listed, including new, colorful looks for chats, extra emojis, and the possibility to chat with Facebook friends.
Once the update kicks in, the direct message icon on the top right of the Instagram app will be replaced by the Facebook Messenger logo, according to The Verge.
Time For A Change
Instagram chats are more colorful. With the new formula, the sender’s messages will change between blue and purple as you go on scrolling.
However, it’s still not possible to message Facebook users straight from Instagram.
Facebook acquired Instagram for one billion dollars in 2012. After two years, Facebook purchased WhatsApp for nineteen billion dollars, making it one of the most extensive instant messaging services.
Last summer, Facebook announced its plans to merge messaging systems, so mobile apps have access across all channels.
The merger would introduce Facebook Messenger’s technology to Instagram, which would help Instagram users communicate with Messenger users.
Mark Zuckerberg announced that he wants both services to be able to chat with each other across its texting apps.
Instagram has recently introduced Reels, Facebook’s response to TikTok.
Reels let users create 15-second videos with built-in Instagram video editing tools, including timers, align tools, and a countdown clock. Additionally, Reels feature music from a massive music library formed by Instagram over the past few years.
Also, Facebook announced the launch of Instagram Shop the last month, an in-app shopping destination where users can discover products and brands they like across the app!