Facebook Messenger and Instagram receive updates that combine the chat functions of the two platforms a little more comfortably / Digital information world
A series of updates and tweaks are being introduced to the Facebook Messenger and Instagram apps, with cross-app group chats being a major source of conversation.
Cross-app group chats have been around for quite some time now, as users can send messages from Messenger to users on Instagram, and vice versa. However, these were one to one, and therefore limited. Starting today, however, users will finally be able to create group chats spanning both chat platforms and contacts. It’s a small update, but such a big one considering the number of apps like Messenger that rely on users being actively social. After all, the most social a person can be is through group chats. This new update is one that will definitely make users rely a bit more on either platform for group texts.
It’s not the only new feature to be introduced to Facebook’s messaging platforms. Instagram will be borrowing a few sheets from Messenger’s book from now on. The first of these is the introduction of Instagram chat polls. Surveys have been a fun part of Messenger for quite some time now and can be useful and effective for large groups. As Instagram further strengthens its messaging capabilities (video chats were only recently added), users can now also use polls on larger groups. With the previous cross-chat feature in mind, such additions only further encourage users to rely more on Instagram’s chat feature.
Users will also now be able to use Messenger’s Watch Together feature to view content on Instagram, such as Reels and IGTV videos. This is both another way to tie the two platforms a bit more tightly together and to bring more FaceTime-esque functionality into the mix. After all, FaceTime is an app that is becoming more and more popular with younger generations, and older ones too, to some extent.
Some minor updates also involve the addition of new themes and filters. A basic chalet chat theme is now available on Messenger, which on its own deserves a slight smile, but combined with the new line of astrology themes, seems humorous. Almost like Messenger is really eager to embrace the inner white woman embedded in the app code. All kidding aside, it’s a fun, if not generic, understanding of the things young people are passionate about these days.
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