Are there times when you only want to share your Instagram pictures and videos to certain people on your list? A lot of times I would love to put pictures of my children up but really dont want the world seeing them. Or if I’m doing social media marketing for a local event, I know many of my followers wouldnt care because they live thousands of miles away.
Well Instagram made an announcement this morning…
Instagram introduces Instagram Direct, a new way to send photos and videos to friends!!!
(watch Instagram’s co-founder announce Instagram Direct)
From how you capture photos and videos to the way you start conversations through likes and comments, we built Instagram Direct to feel natural to the Instagram experience you already know. When you open Instagram, you’ll now see a new icon in the top right corner of your home feed. Tap it to open your inbox where you’ll see photos and videos that people have sent to you. To send a photo or video to specific people, tap the camera button to enter the same simple photo or video capture and editing screens. At the top of the share screen, you’ll see the option to share with your followers (“Followers”) or to send to specific people (“Direct”). To send using Direct, tap the names of the people you want to send your photo or video to, write your caption, tap “send” and you’re done.
After sending, you’ll be able to find out who’s seen your photo or video, see who’s liked it and watch your recipients commenting in real time as the conversation unfolds.
Photos and videos that you receive from people you follow will appear immediately. If someone you’re not following sends you a photo or video on instagram, it will go to your requests so you can decide if you want to view it.
To learn more about Instagram Direct, check out help.instagram.com.
Instagram for iOS version 5.0 is available today for download in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 5.0 is available today on Google Play. Instagram for Windows Phone is in beta. Stay tuned for future updates.