Instagram Direct comes to iPhone and Android, adds ability to privately share photos and videos


Instagram has unveiled “Instagram Direct” today. This is a similar feature to Snapchat and to what Twitter launched earlier this week by allowing users share photos and videos privately via direct messages.

It’s simple to use Instagram Direct. All you have to do is post the picture or video in the same fashion as always, but there’s now new icons that give you the option to choose “Followers” or “Direct.” To send a picture or video to an individual, or a group of people, you simply need to select their names, then press send. Taking a cue from BlackBerry’s BBM service, Instagram also shows who’s seen your photo, plus who’s liked it.

Instagram also declared that over 150 million people around the world are now using its service. The app is available on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

Update: Instagram 5.0 for iPhone and Android are now available. The iOS version also tweaks some of the user design, adding pull-to-refresh and a few new icons. The Android version, alas, looks identical. The Windows Phone update will be coming shortly.

Source: Instagram

  • M-Len

    This is stupid lol. But realistically I cant speak for everyone but I’m so bored with instagram, honestly thinking of deleting the app daily. Its just become an app for extreme narcissists, and i****s lol.

    • jroc

      If it’s so terrible, then why don’t you just pull the trigger and delete it instead of complaining about how it’s “become an app for i****s”.

      Also, did you really laugh out loud twice while you were typing that?

    • J-Ro

      Maybe not a full laugh but perhaps a chuckle. Despite how many people claim they hate it, they will never leave it. Women love it because they can look 100x better than real life and guys like it because they can see all those pretty women. Instagram is a vicious cycle of hollow confidence and delusional horniness.

    • jroc

      And food.

    • J-Ro

      I forgot about the food. We would never know what a majority of our friends are eating without IG.

    • Matt

      And the cat pictures!! Don’t forget about the cat pictures!! #cat #meow

    • J-Ro

      I think cats took over Youtube. There isn’t any video that can see a million hits in a day like a cat video.

    • J-Ro

      South Park nailed it on the head with the episode the Hobbit. The horniness is just for the pictures, no one really cares for the real thing. This is where Apples new 3D goggles will make a killing.

  • Lirodon

    Well, all I can say is that, aside from the lack of self-destruction feature, Facebook is trying to attack Snapchat, again.

    • J-Ro

      That’s what they get for not accepting the $3 billion buyout, the bastards.

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  • James

    instagram needs a new design for android

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