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Instagram Now Does Direct Messaging – Cue NSFW

By Kishore Sawh on December 12th 2013

Private photo/video messaging on Instagram? Time to alert the church elders! If Facebook and Instagram are anything to go by, it’s proof that if you keep churning out a neverending stream of variations of the same thing, one day, you’ll have one just right. To be slightly poetic, the thousand monkeys at typewriters will have finally written Othello. The interent is a vernerable grab-bag of media sharing options, and Facebook-owned Instagram manages to keep 150m monthly actives. Today those 150m actives have another way to keep in touch. Enter Instgram Direct Message. It’s a way to privately send photos and video to your friend list. Finally. Cue an Everest sized mountain of NSFW messaging.

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At their anticipated private event this morning, Kevin Systrom the company’s founder and CEO, told the group attending that at Instagram, “communication is very core…it’s not about photography necessarily,” (I think Mr. Systrom is missing that photography is communicating but let’s not dwell). So now you can communicate to select individuals or groups of your choosing much in the same way you would private messaging on Facebook, albeit with images instead of words. The interface will be familiar and seemingly easy to adapt to, with check marks for read messages and hearts for liked.

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You won’t have to worry about fielding photos and videos from any and everyone, as you can only receive from people you actually follow. If someone tries to message directly, that message will find itself on a pending requests list much like when you have a private Instagram account and someone sends you a follow request. You can of course choose to ignore/decline the request, at which point Instagram will not allow that person to direct message without your explicit permission.

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On the topic of explicit, I can already feel the concerned parents out there scrunching their faces and raising eyebrows, worried that their youngster is going to be on the receiving end of some rather dodgy material. Instagram assures us that photos sent from unknown users will not be visible until that person is accepted. So the only photos sans-clothing that can be received and sent are to and from people they already ‘know.’ If that’s any consolation…

Thoughts

This has been a long time coming, and anyone who has been keeping up with Facebook’s struggle to keep up with the times regarding messaging services, will no doubt understand this is likely part of that push. With the recent rather public embarassment via SnapChat declining Facebook’s acquisition offer with a lot of zeroes to the left of the decimal, this seems to be well timed for a release like this. I have to say, I don’t know if there is really a large advantage to be had here though. We can use many other apps to media-message people directly or in groups, so the main plus I see is that you won’t have to store these files on your device. There’s also no getting around the fact that sex plays a part in this. This will take sexting to a sort of Chatroulette level, as it’s loaded with anonymity and broad reach. Word to the wise: Though someone can’t send your instagram photos to anyone else, screen caps can easily be taken and passed around.

If you’d like more information on the details of how this works you can get most answers you’ll want here on their blog press release, and also their help section.

Images courtesy of Instagram.com blog

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Hanssie

    I’ve never seen a purpose for SnapChat except for the sexting aspect. Is there a point to Snapchat besides that??

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  2. Alyssa T

    I’ll follow you on instagram. You’re cute what’s your instagram? :-p

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    • Carolina

      Go to his twitter it has two bigger pictures of him lol!

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Well, Alyssa, I’m flattered. You’re more than welcome to follow me (KishSawh) on Instagram, where I guarantee to post thing far more interesting and better to look at than myself. ;-)

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  3. Sebastian

    Yeah I guess this is Facebook’s way of saying they can do snapchat without snapchat. Rejection sucks, but they’re making the best of it.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      I’m pretty sure this has been in the pipeline, and FB just wanted to corner the market – it’ll be interesting to see how SnapChat is doing 6 months from now. 3 even.

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