Ghost without guilt: Instagram’s forthcoming incognito mode
The possibility of a future Instagram where you can lurk in peace, free from the chains of the ‘seen’ zone is coming.
You know that dreaded moment when you’re caught red-handed because you’ve read a message and didn’t reply immediately? Instagram is finally catching on to our collective plea for a bit of incognito mode in our chats.
How so? Instagram is testing the waters with a new toggle that lets you disable those pesky read receipts in direct messages.
And by freedom, I mean the sweet liberty of reading a message without the sender knowing you’ve seen it.
Instagram is testing the ability to turn off read receipts in DMs
No word yet on whether Messenger will join the party, but fingers crossed.
Twitter’s abuzz with users split between celebrating the upcoming feature and reminiscing about the good ol’ days of accountability. While some are ready to embrace the power of choice, others are prepping for a new era of ghosting.
But hey, at least now it’ll be a choice.
Keep an eye out for disappearing ‘seen’ indicators or that one friend who suddenly stops replying to your event invites. According to a source who found early code for this feature in August, here’s what the settings page could look like.
For now, we wait, watch, and wonder when we’ll get to toggle our way to DM nirvana. Representatives for Instagram were as elusive as a read receipt in stealth mode, offering no immediate comment.
We’ll keep our eyes peeled and our DMs open for any updates.
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