Instagram Reportedly Working on New Messaging Feature

Instagram is working on a new messaging service, reports claim.

Since Facebook purchased the popular photo-sharing service, there have been rumors circulating regarding the future of the site. And according to new reports and sources, Instagram is working on a messaging feature. Photo: Antonio E. Da Silva Campos/Flickr

Last month saw an article for GigaOm that, citing an anonymous source, reported that Instagram was working on a new private-messaging feature. A source, familiar with the matter, told the media that the new feature would pop up in an updated version of Instagram before the end of this year.

However, there’re no further details revealed about the reported personal email addresses might mean, or how they would work for Instagram users.

“But given Facebook’s recent moves toward offering Facebook.com email addresses as part of its service, such a change would fall right in line with the company’s strategy to tighten its grip on existing users by offering features that keep them linked to Facebook wherever they go,” Mashable writes.

TechCrunch has previously spoken about a source working in marketing for an e-commerce company as coming across the @instagram.com addresses.

“We requested verified email addresses for the followers of a certain fan club on Twitter and received back these results. We use [the data provider] as a tool for gathering information, and suddenly A LOT of the email fields were being filled in with Instagram email addresses,” it quoted the source as saying.  

The tech blog also noted that the famous photo sharing app may have already laid the groundwork for using email on its platform.

“You share photos by default to your Instagram stream, but you can additionally send them to specific people via email,” it said.

Which is more, other well-known developers such as Instachat, InstaMessage and InstaDM, which allows users to send messages to Instagram fans, have shown the potentials of an Instagram messaging service.

“Giving users on the Instagram network native email addresses could make the process of sending directly to individuals more seamless and integrated to the bigger platform. It could also be a way for those recipients of your emailed images a way to respond back to you,” it added.

Actually, the news isn’t much of a surprise, as it has preciously been known that Instagram would eventually show up, thanks to an announcement at Nokia World. Instagram first debuted in iOS in October 2010, that then moved to Android in April 2012, and now, a little more than three years after its initial appearance, has at last popped up on its third mobile platform.

“[Instagram] is something our users have definitely been super interested in getting on the phone,” Todd Brix, general manager of the Windows App Store, told Mashable, “primarily because a lot of the proposition for consumers on our [platform] is the great built-in camera experience. Having the number one social-networking-plus-photo application on the platform is a great thing.”

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