Facebook has introduced a new feature that syncs all your Instagram contacts to your Facebook Messenger. This move is part of Facebook’s increasing efforts to connect all of its services to Instagram. The company is also testing a new feature in Instagram that will allow public accounts to remove people from their followers list, if they so desire. Also, another feature was spotted in testing, and this one lets you react to Instagram Stories, just like the way you react to Facebook posts.
Facebook wants to expand your Messenger contact list with a little help from Instagram. The company has launched a feature in Messenger that pulls in your contacts from Instagram, if you opt to connect your account. The option appears in Messenger’s “People” tab, alongside the existing option to sync your phone’s contacts with Messenger.
In addition to syncing contacts, this option also makes your Instagram username and account visible to other people on Messenger. The goal here is obviously to help bridge the gap between a user’s connections on Instagram and on Facebook.
When you tap on “Connect Instagram,” Messenger adds contacts from Instagram automatically. In addition, your Instagram username and account also then becomes visible to other people on Messenger.
The result is an expanded social graph of sorts – one that combines the friends and family you know from Facebook, with those you know from Instagram.
The feature is just the latest attempt by Instagram to try to bring its various platforms and services even closer together. It’s one, however, that isn’t going over too well with users. The primary issue many users seem to have is that the option is so easy to enable, and many people don’t necessarily want their Instagram and Facebook accounts linked – which this feature essentially does.
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