Facebook presents several new features to its suite of messaging apps. Looking at the list, one of the handiest new ones is the addition of inbox states shown in Instagram. Just by looking at your inbox, you’ll know if the person you’ve recently messaged has seen your DM, making it easier for you to find out if your friend or online crush is ghosting you. Good time.
Another useful inbox feature is coming to Messenger. Facebook adds a swipe to archive gesture to make it easier to hide old threads. At the same time, the company has made it easy to review those same conversations. It is no longer necessary to search for them. Instead, you’ll find them through a menu item that you can access by tapping on your profile picture.
Since Clubhouse entered the scene, Facebook has been all about adding audio-related features to its applications, and it continues today. The next time you send a voice memo to a friend through Messenger, you won’t have to hold down the record button. Instead, all you have to do is tap on the mic icon. Facebook says this feature will be coming to Instagram soon.
In the meantime, Instagram users on iOS (and soon Android) can reply to photos and videos with their own images and clips. When we say reply in this context, we mean when you drag a specific message to the right to tell your friend that you are replying to that specific part of the conversation.
I found new camera stickers celebrating Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month. Finally, Facebook added two new chat themes in Messenger and Instagram. One is for all Star Wars fans, while the other ties into the second season of Netflix’s Selena Quintanilla biopic. Both feature light and dark themes, and you get there by digging into your chat settings.
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