Instagram, the giant of social networking apps, is not just a photo-sharing app anymore. It keeps being updated to get more and more functional and fun. Engagement has become a concern to the company and they are doing their best every day to encourage it. Among these updates are new stickers and new features such as IGTV and story highlights. In the new Instagram update, the company has enabled users to see their online friends on the “direct message” section.
How the new Instagram update works
This is not the only Instagram update that the company has added in the DM section. Recently they have added a bunch of new features to the “direct message” part which has made it easier and more fun for people. Among these changes, we can name the ability to make video calls.
In this Instagram update and through your “direct message” section you can now see your online friends. Instagram does it by marking online users with a green dot which is called the “activity status”. This has made it easier to connect with friends. Find the best time to message your friends. Next time you wish to communicate with another person first you can check whether they are available or not.
If you send a message to a user who is actually available it’s more likely for you to receive a message instantly. However, if they are available and still not answering it might mean that they are busy or simply just ignoring you.
There is a small catch
Keep in mind that there’s one small catch to this option: you won’t see this green dot for everyone. You can only see the activity status for friends who follow you and people you’ve talked to in Direct — and those people have to have their activity status set to non-private. So, for example, you’re not going to see that little green dot for a celebrity like Kylie Jenner or a blogger who doesn’t follow you back. That might be slightly frustrating, but it’s also great for privacy reasons. You don’t want just anyone knowing exactly when you’re using the app!
If you can’t see the dot yet, don’t worry. You might just need to make sure you are using the new Instagram update.