It’s been months since we knew Facebook was developing a feature that would make messenger and messaging interoperable. And today this feature is finally available in some countries before it is used worldwide.
Previously, you had to use this application to exchange messages with an Instagram user. Now Facebook Messenger and Instagram users can communicate with each other. If this feature is available in your account, Instagram will send you an invitation to update (screenshot below). You can accept or decline.
“People communicate more than ever in private spaces. Over a billion people already use Messenger to share, hang out and express themselves with family and friends. “, explains Facebook in a statement. “That’s why we’re combining the Messenger and Instagram experiences to bring some of the best features of Messenger to Instagram. That way, no matter which app you’re using, you’ll get access to the best messaging experience. “”
New functions for Instagram
And the update not only connects Messenger and Instagram. In fact, Facebook also offers new features (that were already there in Messenger) for Instagram messages. Among these functions there is the possibility to reply to a message, forward the user interface with colors or even customize it.
Facebook also has a new feature called Vanish Mode that lets you send short-lived messages. These disappear after they are seen or the application is closed. Another feature called “Watch Together” allows users to watch videos and interact while watching them at the same time. In other words, Instagram messages are full of new things.
Otherwise, Facebook’s message unification plan includes WhatsApp as well. But obviously the number one on social networks preferred to focus on Instagram and Messenger first. This is most likely due to the fact that, unlike WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram don’t use end-to-end encryption by default.
Recently, Facebook also launched a new tab called Account Center for Facebook and Instagram. This tab allows the user to more easily manage the features common to both platforms. For example, you can manage cross-posting functions there so that your Facebook stories are also displayed on Instagram.
After maintaining a certain separation between the various applications for years, Facebook now seems to want to bring them together.