Instagram ditched the square聽and expanded our options to landscape and portrait聽last week. They also took away Custom Locations. Now they鈥檙e trying to make us forget about that buzzkill of an聽update once more聽with its latest moves, improvements to Instagram Direct.

instagram direct group messaging

Today,聽Instagram shared a handful of new functions聽to its direct messaging feature. Namely threaded messages. Trust us, this is a blessing.

Gone are the days of individually uploading a new shot to begin聽a solo or group private message because now convo starting is more efficient than ever before.

instagram direct group messaging

The new threaded messaging feature essentially works like texting. All you have聽to聽do is start the conversation by either uploading a selfie or a gorgeous vacation shot, add the people you want in the conversation and talk away. Then to keep the chat going with new pictures either use the new camera feature within that current message to share a selfie immediately or play with the latest button 鈥 an arrow 鈥 popping up under every Instagram snap next to those like and comment icons to forward it to your DM people. Interested in following that shared account? Click it and you鈥檒l end up on said聽Instagram feed.

Even more exciting is the ability to name your groups (hey, cat ladies!), share聽hashtag and location pages and the ability to respond to all the things being shared with larger than usual聽emoji.

Have no fear,聽privacy protecting people, as the current聽policies don鈥檛 change. For example, if your account is on lockdown and it鈥檚 shared, only the people who you鈥檝e accepted as a follower within a private group message will be able to view your content. PHEW!

We鈥檙e聽so into all of these recent updates from Instagram but can you please, please, please聽release a feature to toggle between multiple accounts. We鈥檒l love you and use you forever and ever, Instagram <3

Instagram version 7.5 is available now for iOS and Android devices.

Are you pumped about these Instagram Direct updates or are they not even worth a double tap to you? Let us know in the comments.

(Photos via Instagram)