"Now, whenever you send a permanent photo or video to your friends in Direct from your camera roll, you don't have to worry about cropping it", Instagram said on its blog.
"We've also added support for links in Direct". Now if only they will be able to make links clickable in the main Instagram feed already (well, aside from the link in bio of course). Instagram Direct will now allow you to share website links with previews available directly in the thread.
All in all, both updates make Instagram Direct a more complete messaging option and will certainly contribute to keeping its users within the app instead of switching to an alternative like Messenger or WhatsApp.
Another significant feature that has been added is the support for website preview links. Further, one can also see links for phone numbers and addresses.
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"Since introducing the new Instagram Direct in April, we've been excited to give people more ways to have fun, visual conversations".
While this is a great new feature add, it's not the only change to Direct that Instagram has made with this particular app update.
The other feature that aims at creating more robust messaging service is the ability to send landscape or portrait oriented photo.
In addition to this, another new feature has also been introduced. Most recently, Instagram added Face Filters to its Stories feature; the company's own take on Snapchat's augmented reality lenses. The update is available for both iOS and Android users. It does mention however that Android will be gaining support for this feature soon, there is just no time frame for the inclusion yet.