Instagram adds two new features to its direct messaging offering

You can do more than ever before with your Instagram inbox

Instagram has been adding new features at the rate of knots over the past twelve months. 

The most recent updates impact the direct messaging inbox, located in the top right-hand corner of the home screen. They are landscape/portrait orientations and the ability to share links. 

"Now, whenever you send a permanent photo or video to your friends in Direct from your camera roll, you don’t have to worry about cropping it", said the company in a blog post

The other new addition is the ability to send links within direct messages. It's now possible to share links with friends and preview them directly within a message thread. 

There is no sign of being able to post live links beneath a general post, for now. This continues to be a bugbear of many users. When a link is posted beneath an image it appears as plain text.