Facebook rolls out new massaging features on Instagram, Messenger
The tech firm on Wednesday rolled out Watch Together, chat theme and vanish mode on the two social media applications.
With Watch Together, users and thier friends can tune into IGTV, Reels, TV shows, movies and trending videos in real-time over video chat.
“We’re also bringing two new shows, “Post Malone’s Celebrity World Pong League” and “Here for It With Avani Gregg,” exclusively to Messenger and Instagram through Watch Together,” read the blog post.
To start watching “Here for It With Avani Gregg” or “Post Malone’s Celebrity World Pong League” with your friends, simply start a video chat in Instagram or Messenger or create a Messenger Room.
In an Instagram video chat, tap the media button in the bottom right and select the ‘TV & Movies’ tab. In a Messenger video chat, swipe up to access the menu, select Watch Together then select the ‘TV & Movies’ tab. From there you can select various videos and other content, including Avani and Post’s shows.
The second feature is chat themes such as tie-dye and love so a user can personalize his/her conversations.
“And we’re adding a special chat theme on Messenger and Instagram with TinyTAN, a group of lovable characters created from the seven members of BTS. Once you update to the new experience, you’ll be able to activate the TinyTAN chat theme on Instagram and Messenger. Express your affection with emojis, share your favorite songs from the new album or customize your message reactions for your perfect TinyTAN-themed chat,” it added..
You can activate the TinyTAN chat theme on Instagram and Messenger in your chat settings by tapping Theme and selecting TinyTAN.
The third feature, vanish mode, is coming soon and is an opt-in feature that makes seen messages disappear after you leave a chat thread.
To start, only people who are following each other on Instagram or who are connected on Messenger can use vanish mode in one-on-one chats. Vanish mode is also optional:
“you choose whether you enter vanish mode with someone. If someone takes a screenshot of your chat while you’re using vanish mode, you’ll be notified. And as always, you can block someone or report a conversation if you feel unsafe,” read the blogpost.
Vanish mode is now available on Messenger in the US and a handful of other countries, and it’s coming soon to countries in the EU. Vanish mode on Instagram will be coming to the US and other countries soon,