Facebook started to merge its Instagram and Messenger applications, enabling service users to connect with each other directly.
SAN FRANCISCO- As part of a planned convergence of the main messaging apps of the social network, Facebook started encouraging users to use the photo-sharing app Instagram and the messaging app Messenger to connect with each other on Wednesday.
With the changes, it is now possible for people using Instagram to send pictures , videos or text messages to those using Facebook Messenger, and vice versa the two apps worked independently, without any clear contact between them.
“Facebook said it would also add about 10 features previously exclusive to Messenger to Instagram, such as group video watch sessions, an ephemeral mode of messaging and” selfie stickers.
Last year, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg revealed that he intended to merge the company’s three messaging applications, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, noting that there were more individuals interacting privately online.
That’s a marked contrast from Facebook’s early days, when users posted anonymously to their digital “walls.”
In an interview, Stan Chudnovsky, vice president of Messenger at Facebook, said, “We’re essentially giving people the opportunity to do what they all want to do through apps.”
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