Instagram reportedly getting into the insta-messaging game

Instagram reportedly getting into the insta-messaging game

What the world needs now is yet another proprietary messaging platform, right? Well, if reports are accurate, Instagram might just think so, and might just think they're the ones to do it. Om Malik on GigaOm:

Well-placed sources tell us that the company is gearing up to launch new private messaging features inside its still red-hot photo and video sharing service. It is also experimenting with the idea of group messaging, our source tells us. The new features are likely to find home in the next version of Instagram, which is expected before end of the year. An Instagram spokesperson (not surprisingly) declined to comment.

Apple already has iMessage, Google has Hangouts, BlackBerry has BBM, Microsoft has Skype, Twitter has direct messages, and there's a plethora of others as well, from WhatsApp to Line and more. Instagram's owner, Facebook, already has Facebook messaging, so would Instagram tie into that, or would it be its own thing?

Because, unlike email, you can't just switch clients and keep using the same protocol, instant messaging is a bit of a mess right now, with many people having different friends on different networks. On one hand, the idea of more is exhausting. On the other, maybe the market is big enough for segmentation now? Maybe people will want a way to talk to their Instagram connections that's only accessible to and from their Instagram connections?

It does feel like too many options right now, but none of them are good enough to eclipse the others yet. Let's hope that starts happening sooner rather than later. (Or that someone figures out how the Synergy-ize them all together, so that it doesn't matter which one any of us uses anymore...)

Source: GigaOm:

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Instagram reportedly getting into the insta-messaging game

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I agree with you. There are a lot of options. I all for options, but too many options can be a bad [fragmented] thing. I just need one (to rule them all).

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Not surprising being they are owned by Facebook, and Facebook wants to control all facets of the experience and why miss out on the potential for messaging within Instagram.

This is a great idea. It is turning out to be better than Twitter IMO. Just because you can write more characters.

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What a joke we need one good one that's all! With all my friends and all using different messenger I go nuts only one should be good!

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I don't think another messaging platform is what we need. There's already too many options for that. Now, what would be greats mentioned above is if somebody can just link all of these messaging system into one. I realize it is quite a task to pull off but if they could then that would make it easier for us to connect with others.

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While there are some who would love the messaging feature, i don't think it's a need. I'd rather we post pics and comment, if you want to converse with followers there are other options.

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Seems to me that as time goes on, all social media platforms start to resemble each other more and more. I think the next logical platform to get dedicated text messaging will be Snapchat.

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I'm not sure why this issue seems to really irk some people. I see people get into heated debates about which system is better very often. I believe that you will use the one that works for you. I personally use several of these. Surprisingly the one that I seem to use the least now is whatsapp. For an app that was so popular I'm not really sure what happened.

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So Instagram first set up to do a minimalist thing by only allowing photos. Then a couple of months ago they enabled videos (probably to compete with Vine) and now they're doing instant messaging? I'm not 16 anymore and I really don't think I need more social networks. It's all the same features in a different package.

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While we don't need another messaging app, we do need a private messaging service in Instagram. It should be just basic with no bells and whistles, and should not have a separate app. I can't remember how many times I've tried to contact my Instagram friends, only to remember that the person is not on Facebook and I don't have his number.

What Apple needs to do is allow you to reply or compose sms/imessages wherever you are without exiting any current app.

Through that allow 3rd party apps that tether that messaging system.

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If they do it right, people will flock to it. It could wind up being a strong competitor to Google Plus too.

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Fragmentation is not as bad as it seems. I mean with a little better organizing and restructuring you can have all these different messengers but they can be better connected like how FB,twitter and Instagram has been interfered with each other to a certain extent. And Instagram messaging is much needed in my option, while social media leaves little room for privacy nowadays, a messaging system would be nice.

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Yes I want this. I don't want all my followers Seening what I'm talking about with another follower. Thanks iMore

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I'd like to see this feature.

Makes it easier to message Instagram followers without leaving the app. All in one is a hot idea!

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