Hol' Up: Instagram Is About To Get Rid Of DMs

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Hol' Up: Instagram Is About To Get Rid Of DMs

Say goodbye to sliding in the DMs.

Published December 12, 2017

Looks like you can't slide into your potential bae's DMs anymore. But wait, it gets better. Instagram is testing a standalone private messaging app called Direct that will replace your inbox. The app consists of three screens and, similar to Snapchat, it opens as a camera.

Once you download the app, your inbox on Instagram will be removed and you will only be able to access messages through Direct. According to The Verge, the app is still in the experimental stage, but basically on the app to the left of the camera you can access settings, switch accounts and navigate Instagram and to the right is your inbox of messages. And that's it. It's very simple to use!

Instagram product manager Hemal Shah told The Verge, "We want Instagram to be a place for all of your moments, and private sharing with close friends is a big part of that. To make it easier and more fun for people to connect in this way, we are beginning to test Direct – a camera-first app that connects seamlessly back to Instagram."

The app will also be available on Android and iOS in six countries: Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay.

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Sadly, it may not be going down in the DMs anymore. But the good news is maybe this means we'll get a new social media anthem from Yo Gotti for 2018.

Written by Brianna Allen

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