Facebook Messenger and Instagram Now Have Cross-App Group Chat, Group Typing Indicators, and More features. Facebook has introduced a slew of new tools to improve Instagram and Messenger interaction. Cross-app group communication, new group typing indicators, and polls on Instagram DMs (direct messages) are among the new features.
The cross-app group chat functionality allows users to initiate group chats between their Instagram and Messenger connections, and the group typing indicators show when many individuals are typing.
Instagram has updated its View Together feature to allow users to watch Reels and IGTV videos directly from their Instagram feed with friends. In addition to this, Facebook has introduced new expressive chat themes for Messenger and Instagram.
On Thursday, September 30, the social media giant announced the launch of new features on Messenger and Instagram via a blog post. The most crucial feature included by Facebook in the most recent update is cross-app group chats. According to the company, more than 70 per-cents of eligible Instagram users have updated to the new Messenger experience to take advantage of new features such as cross-app communication.
Last year, Facebook enabled cross-app messaging between Messenger and Instagram. Aside from one-on-one conversations, users can also initiate group chats with their Instagram and Messenger friends. They may also personalise cross-app group chats by adding themes and unique reactions.
Polls may now be initiated in Instagram DMs as well as group chats on Messenger and Instagram, allowing users to interact with their friends and followers by asking questions and getting responses.
The addition of group typing indications allows users to see when two or more of their friends are typing at the same time on the apps.
Facebook has also modified the previously introduced Watch Together function, allowing users to watch trending videos directly from their Instagram feed with their friends. Users may begin a video chat within Instagram, then navigate to the post they wish to share, click the share icon, and select Watch Together.
Facebook is also introducing expressive chat themes to Messenger and Instagram for everyone. It has incorporated an Astrology art package with new AR effects and debuted a Cottagecore chat theme.