One of the more frustrating things about the Direct feature on Instagram is that when you sent Direct photos or videos to your loved ones, it could only be in square format, so you'd have to crop them out. But that is not all, in fact, Instagram is also is allowing automatic links to phone numbers and addresses to be sent through Direct, which will prove to be useful and convenient for every user. Instagram Direct will now let you share website links with previews available directly in the thread. The update to Instagram is signaling the company's attempt to make the platform more of a full-featured instant messaging app. Links in Direct messages are available today on both Android and iOS as part of Instagram version 10.22.
"Since introducing the new Instagram Direct in April, we've been excited to give people more ways to have fun, visual conversations".
Instagram has been updating their app at a rapid frequency.
Instagram has been adding more features to its mobile app to further compete with other photo and messaging apps.
Instagram Direct, a popular feature now garners 375 million monthly active users.
Facebook-owned Instagram introduced Direct as an effort to bring native messaging support and private photo sharing in 2013.
The sheer number of active users also prompted Instagram to add support for disappearing photo and video messages, a feature that was popularized by one of Instagram's major rivals, Snapchat. It is an interesting feature and adds another dimension to the regular photo-based social network that Instagram is. 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.