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By: Ron Amadeo
TL;DR Mega Messaging is coming your way with the first signs of a merge between Instagram DMs, Facebook Messenger, and Whatsapp.
The Facebook mega messaging merge has begun (say that 3x fast). Last year Facebook announced they have the plan to merge all their messaging apps with Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram Direct Messaging. The merge started with Facebook messenger taking over Instagram Direct, and then Instagram began advertising, “There’s a new way to message on Instagram.” This update will feature cross-communication between the two messaging platforms, promising a “colorful new look” with emoji reaction options. The Instagram messaging icon will change to match the Facebook messenger logo upon update.
For now, the update seems optional, but this might change in the future with more updates mandating the change. Facebook has been a prominent leader in the messaging space, with Whatsapp having more than 2 billion monthly active users and is the second biggest messaging app on the planet. This merger between the three platforms could put them over the top.
We have only seen the first step with Instagram DMs and Facebook messaging merging, but keep a lookout as we’re sure Whatsapp will follow close behind in the mega 3-way Facebook merge.
Written by: Sofia Christensen, Intern
Edited by: Lisa Knight, COO & Mentor