The wait is over for Instagram’s new messaging service, Instagram direct. Perverts worldwide now have a new way of feeding their disgusting needs. For the rest of us, this is a cool way to share pics and talk with just a select group of our IG friends. However, as most were wrong about, you cannot send a message without a pic. Yes, every message must come with a photo and you can also send the pic to mutiple friends as one time. You can also check to see who has and has not checked the message as well as chat in real time. Don’t worry about ads though, insiders at Instagram say its still way to early to even have that discussion. Tech Crunch has a nice checklist of the features, which you can check out after the jump.

Miss Info:Now, Mikey….correct me if I’m wrong….
but I think only people you follow can send you a IG Direct…
Therefore…if you dudes are so worried about thirstmongers harrassing your womenfolk with unsolicited peen pics…then maybe you best keep a closer eye on your boo’s follow counts. See, it’s like with vampires…they can only come in your house and vein-pillage if you invite them in the door. #InfoLogic

Watch a video promo and read all the fine print below

When you go in to post a picture (the same way that you’ve been posting pictures on Instagram), you’ll see two new tabs on the top of the post: Followers and Direct.

With Direct, you can choose a specific friend and type a special message, and that goes only to your friend. Once that friend opens up the photo, their profile picture within the message gets a check mark, noting that it’s been read. Users can also like direct photo messages, and chat can ensue from there.

You can send Direct messages up to 15 people, and Instagram Direct also offers up suggested recipients.

When you receive a photo, you’ll see a little inbox icon on the top right corner of the app, which will send you directly to your new messages. You can chat privately one-on-one or with a group of people.

People who mutually follow each other can easily send messages to each other. If you don’t follow someone, and they’ve sent you a direct message, it’ll show up as a pending request rather than a received message in your private inbox.

When you accept, that person can henceforth send you direct messages that will land in your inbox.

Instagammers can not send text-only messages to each other, but must send pictures to start the chat function.

Users have had some options for privacy on the network, with the option to block certain users or mark your profile as private, which means you must accept follow requests.

But the move toward a more private, precious Instagram makes sense.

Messaging adds a new layer of engagement to the app. Users can now start up a conversation, which shouldn’t be difficult considering they’re watching their friends lives unfold in pictures.

via TechCrunch

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