Facebook continues to bring Instagram and Messenger closer together with a new change that lets you create group chats on both services. Along with this upgrade, the company also added new discussion topics, support for polls, and group input metrics.
The company previously allowed users around the world outside of Europe to merge their Instagram Direct and Facebook Messenger, enabling communication between apps and enabling features like themes and quote replies. This week’s updates build on that.
There are new chat themes featuring singer J Balvin and a cottagecore-inspired aesthetic. More substantially. you will now be able to create group chats for contacts who are on Instagram and Messenger. Facebook will also add more Messenger features to Instagram, including polls during group chats. Choosing which bar to go to or which movie to watch will be easier to do with the same easy-to-use polls the company had previously introduced on Instagram. The latest addition to the group messaging experience is the new group input indicators. If you liked the ‘lots of people typing’ anxiety on Slack, you’ll love it on Instagram Direct as well once this update rolls out.
Finally, Facebook is bringing its âWatch Togetherâ feature to Instagram feed after limiting itself to Direct. This is a feature that works much like Apple’s SharePlay feature and builds on the Eve rush of 2020, allowing you to watch video content with your friends remotely while on a video call. . The company first featured it on Messenger (and later on Instagram Direct via Messenger integration) last year, and pushed its original content through functionality. Today it features new content from Cardi B and a virtual concert from Steve Aoki and Travis Barker.
Facebook is rolling out this update starting Thursday, September 30, on the iOS and Android platforms. However, you will only be able to use them on Instagram if the integration of Messenger and Instagram features is available and enabled.