Instagram wants to enrich its Web version by offering access to its Direct messaging

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Instagram is testing its messaging integration (Instagram Direct) on web interfaces. A welcome novelty for a feature-poor version.

Image credit: Jane Manchun Wong



Previously reserved for the mobile app, Instagram's direct messaging seems to be expanding to its mobile and desktop sites. It's Jane Manchun Wong, famous on Twitter for reverse-engineering apps and discovering features still under development.

Here, it was on the platform's website that the young developer discovered a prototype of Instagram's direct messages online. She has since clarified that the feature has been disabled remotely (server side). She nevertheless had the opportunity to take some screenshots to get an idea of ​​the appearance of this feature, getting closer to the experience that we can have on the application itself.

Instagram's Direct on Web will also be available on desktop pic.twitter.com/Y3iTIdDwKV



— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 12, 2019

In the screenshots presented, we find an identical aspect to the messaging present on the Instagram application. As for the desktop version, a new icon would appear in the upper right corner. A welcome feature when you know that the web versions of Instagram are rather low in interest. Indeed for the moment, it is only possible to consult his news feed, but not to publish a photo or a story.

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