Instagram is now merging with Facebook Messenger letting you chat across apps – here’s the new look
FACEBOOK messenger has started to merge with Instagram chat.
A huge merger between Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram has been long awaited and it seems the ball is finally rolling.
On Friday evening, editors at The Verge spotted an Instagram update pop up message on both iOS and Android devices.
The message read: “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram”.
It then listed features including “Chat with friends who use Facebook” and a “New colorful look for your chats”.
Users who click update will then see their Instagram DM icon change to the Facebook Messenger logo.
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The chat bubbles are blue and purple.
At the moment, it doesn’t appear possible to message Facebook users who don’t have Instagram via the photo app.
It’s not clear when this feature will be rolling out to all users.
We have reached out to Facebook for comment.
The social media giant acquired Instagram back in 2012 for $1billion.
It later bought WhatsApp for $19billion.
The end goal is to merge all three and provide an end-to-end encrypted service.
Instagram – the key facts
Here’s what you need to know…
- Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
- It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
- A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
- The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
- When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
- In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
- In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
- In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
- And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month
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In other news, Instagram was caught keeping deleted photos and messages on its systems for more than a year after deletion.
Facebook has been accused of illegally harvesting facial recognition scans of users.
And, Instagram has launched its TikTok competing feature “Reels” in over 50 countries.
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