Instagram Introduces Activity Status For Your DMs & Users Are Not Happy


Facebook has been beta-testing that app in a few limited countries on Android and the iPhone.This new update just brings Facebook one step closer towards spinning Instagram into a messaging platform all its own.

Yesterday, the app introduced a new status activity notification in Direct, which will show when the people you message or follow were last active on Instagram.

If your Instagram has been updated recently, you'll see in your direct chat section that the last time your friends were on is stated under their name. The new Activity Status is enough to give Instagram addicts even more anxiety.

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The Verge reports "Show Activity Status" popped up on users Thursday (Jan. 18). You can choose to toggle it off if you don't think anyone really needs to be that up-to-date on what you're doing. Fortunately, the company has given its users the ability to disable the activity status, making it possible to stop others from snooping on your habits.

The feature might be a carry-over from Facebook Messenger according to The Next Web, but just because you can know when someone's online and killing time scrolling through images doesn't mean you should. If a given contact is using Instagram at that moment, you'll see the words "Active Now". If this feature is simply not your thing, it can be disabled in your phones settings menu. It makes sense since you also might be chatting with businesses or creative professionals on Instagram.