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TechnologyInstagram is killing off its standalone direct messaging app

09:45  16 may  2019
09:45  16 may  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Instagram is testing a standalone app for private messages called Direct , a first “ Direct has grown within Instagram over the past four years, but we can make it even better if it stands on its own. Direct was built according to similar logic. While direct messaging was originally an afterthought in

Last year, Instagram started testing its standalone messaging app . Available in few countries only, it Well, until Facebook (which owns Instagram ) decides to kill the built-in messaging feature, let’s On the Push notifications screen, look for Instagram Direct . Tap Off to turn off push notifications for

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In the coming month, you'll no longer be able to slide into someone else's DMs via the Direct for Instagram app.

It appears the photo-sharing social media behemoth is cutting off support for the Direct app "in the coming month". However, all of those important messages you've slung to mates via the magic of Instagram aren't disappearing for good -- they're just moving over to the dedicated Instagram app.

Spotted by social media industry commentator Matt Navarra, and a couple of dedicated fans in the Play Store, users are now being greeted with a message when using the Direct for Instagram app that simple says it "is going away".

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And it has a direct messaging system. Today, Instagram is testing out yet another change with the launch of a standalone Instagram Direct app . This begs the question: Why build a separate app for stuff that ’s already available and functional within Instagram ? The most obvious answer is that this is

Today, the Zuckerberg empire is launching a standalone messaging app for Instagram called Latest in Gear. Tinder preps 'Lite' version of its dating app for data-limited areas. 53m ago. Like Messenger, the Direct app effectively cuts the Instagram experience in half; your Inbox lives in

That seems like a pretty nice way to put it, Instagram.

Direct was originally unveiled on Dec. 7, 2017 as a camera-first app, that had more than a passing resemblance to Snapchat. That test rolled out to Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay with details of a worldwide release scant. At the time, a company spokesperson told The Verge "Direct has grown within Instagram over the past four years, but we can make it even better if it stands on its own."

Now it appears Direct is gone, before it ever really lived but the reasons for the reversal aren't immediately clear. Direct for Instagram seemed to be following the same trajectory as Messenger, which parent company Facebook spun out of the Facebook app back in 2014.

Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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