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.
“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.
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.”