Instagram Direct: a look at private chats for your photos and videos
Instagram has finally unveiled its answer to photo messaging services like Snapchat. Its response is Instagram Direct — a fairly straightforward way to send pictures and videos to other people through the app. Though you access Direct by tapping on an inbox icon inside of Instagram, the service doesn’t recreate a traditional inbox. Rather than allowing back-and-forth conversations through photos, Instagram Direct allows you to send a single photo or video and then chat about it. Every conversation begins with either a photo or a video, and then you and a group of up to 15 people can begin to talk in that image’s comment section.