Instagram on Thursday began two new elements to its direct messaging service, bringing support for landscape and portrait photo/ video alignments along with the capability of sending website links.
Additionally, the users can also view web links spontaneously generated for phone numbers and addresses sent through Instagram Direct.
The support for links in Instagram Direct is now accessible on Android and iOS with an upgrade to version 10.22.
However, the landscape/portrait mode support is only available on iOS, with the Android support ‘coming soon.’
The new update will allow users to select any photo or video in portrait or landscape orientation without any qualms. It comes as a reprieve to users who had to crop their photos and videos in Instagram Direct.
Another important feature that has been included is the support for website preview links. Instagram Direct will now allow you to share website links with previews available directly in the thread.
Any phone number or address sent in an Instagram Direct message will necessarily turn into a link to enable calling, sending of SMSs, etc.
“Since introducing the new Instagram Direct in April, we’ve been excited to give people more ways to have fun, visual conversations. We’ll continue to make improvements to Instagram Direct throughout the year,” said the company in a blog post.
Lately, Instagram initiated an Archive option to enable concealing of unwanted photo posts from your feed and searchable stories, using locations and hashtags connected with them.