Instagram has always been very much a mobile-focused offering, though it’s true to say that in recent years the team has shown a little more love for the web version of the photo-sharing service.
The latest feature that could be on its way to Instagram’s web interface is direct messaging.
High-profile app researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered this week that the Facebook-owned company is now conducting internal testing of private messaging for its website.
If it goes live, Instagrammers will be able to send and receive direct messages via their desktop or laptop (or a mobile browser), giving the company a better chance of becoming the messaging service of choice for its community, which currently stands at more than a billion people globally.
Wong’s grabbed images (below) were taken from the mobile version and show the screens where users would view and manage their private messages.
In 2017, the company launched a standalone messaging app called Direct, which it’s still testing with its community in six countries.