Instagram has started testing Direct Message on Web

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Instagram has finally introduced its Direct Message option on its desktop site and app starting today, almost after six years of offering the same service on its phone app.

“We are currently testing direct messaging on the web, so you can read and respond to your messages from wherever you are. So you can read and answer your messages from wherever you are,” tweeted the social media platform owned by Facebook.

Web DMs might support office workers, students, and others stuck all day on a full-size screen, or who don’t have space on their phone for another device to spend more time on Instagram and stay connected better. Direct is vital to Instagram’s efforts to stay ahead of Snapchat, which has seen its Stories app mercilessly replicated by Facebook but continues to grow thanks to its rapid-fire visual messaging function that’s popular with teenagers.

Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is planning to intergrate Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram to let their users talk to each other across platforms.

Zuckerberg, calling it a long-term project, said the cross-app feature will happen in 2020 or beyond.

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