Instagram Launches Instagram Direct

Instagram Direct Launches December 2013 One To One Private Photos CommunicationInstagram is adding Instagram Direct, the ability to send images to users, instead of broadcasting your photos publicly.

The photo-sharing network’s CEO Kevin Systrom reiterated that Instagram is not about photography, but about communication.

“If we were about photography, we’d be built into cameras,” he said at a press conference in New York on Thursday. “But, we’re not built into cameras. We’re built into phones.”

Users will be able to send photos or videos directly up to 15 people at a time. To share the image privately, use the one-to-one button at the bottom of the screen. You’ll be able to tell when the person has seen the photo by showing you a checkmark, similar to how Facebook messaging alerts you that someone has seen your message.

You can only get these direct images from people you follow, otherwise you will get a message in a “pending requests” area.

The new feature is available on both iOS and Android.

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This just absolutely blows my mind that it was done on an iPad. You can watch the entire image be created from beginning to end.  I still can’t fathom how this was made on an iPad even as I watch it with my very own eyes.  This is why I love to develop software – you never know WHAT an artist can do with the tools you create for them.