Instagram’s Potential New Feature: Messaging Your Pals


GigaOM reports that Instagram is looking to boost its success with over 200 million users to include “private messaging features” and is also playing with the idea of integrating “group-messaging.”

The upgrade would likely come out prior to Christmas to maximize Instagram downloads in a time where many people will be receiving new smartphones as Xmas presents.

The move would also be an intelligent play against Instagram’s competitior, Snapchat, who recently turned down some 3 billion dollars in an offer from Facebook. Google also reportedly leaped at the chance to buy the quick-and-disappearing picture service at 4 billion bucks.

Seems like an interesting develop, but Instagram may do better to preserve its slick, minimal interface that so differentiates from other social networking apps. Time will tell.