Facebook introduces new features to enhance Instagram & Messenger integration

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Facebook, American social media giant, has launched a set of new features to enhance integration between Instagram and Messenger including cross-app group communication, new group typing indicators, and polls on Instagram direct messages (DMs).

The cross-app group feature chat allows people to start group chats between their Instagram and Messenger contacts, while with the group typing indicators users can see when multiple people are typing.

In addition, Instagram has updated its Watch Together feature to allow users to watch Reels and IGTV (InstagramTV) videos with their friends directly from their Instagram feed. Apart from this, Facebook has updated Messenger and Instagram with new expressive chat themes. 

The company said that more than 70 percent of eligible people on Instagram have updated to the new Messenger experience to enjoy the new features like cross-app group chats. Facebook introduced cross-app messaging between Messenger and Instagram last year. 

Apart from one-on-one chats, users can now start group chats between their Instagram and Messenger contacts. Also, they can customize the cross-app group chats by adding themes and custom reactions.

Polls can now be started on Instagram DMs as well as group chats on Messenger and Instagram, allowing users to interact with friends and followers by asking questions and getting responses from them.

Apart from the new tools for integration, Facebook is also bringing expressive chat themes for everyone on Messenger and Instagram. To experience the popularized Gen Z aesthetic, the company has launched the Cottagecore chat themes with new AR effects. The theme is inspired by a romanticized pastoral world, and now users can personalize their chats with this interesting theme.

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