INSTAGRAM has just rolled out a slew of new DM features aimed at streamlining the messaging experience.
On Thursday, the social media company revealed over a half-dozen new messaging features, including sending a DM silently, according to a press release.
Some of the other new tools let you share music previews and see who is active to chat.
In 2021, the social media app launched a campaign that promised to introduce more messaging tools.
"This announcement is part of our ongoing work to improve how you connect and share with your closest friends," Instagram said on Thursday.
Here are some of the new features explained in detail.
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Send messages silently
If you want to send a DM at night but don't want to wake up your friends, you can now do so quietly by adding “@silent” to your message.
This will send the text to your friends, but won't notify them loudly.
Reply while you browse
You can now reply to direct messages while scrolling on your feed.
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This allows Instagrammers to not lose their place while browsing and "makes it that much easier and more convenient to chat while on the app," the company said.
See who’s online
This new feature lets you see who is "active" to chat at the top of your inbox.
The social media company explained that this tool will help users "find serendipitous opportunities to connect with friends."
Play, pause, and re-play
Sharing music on Instagram just got easier with this new feature, which lets you send your friends a 30-second snippet of a song.
The tool will also soon be integrated with Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Spotify, Instagram said.
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Create a poll with your friends
Another new feature includes "Polls", which allows you to gauge your friends' preferences in the group chat.
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