Starting today, Instagram brings direct messaging to the web. As noted by The Verge, a small number of Instagram’s global users have access to their direct messages on the Instagram website in addition to the iPhone app.
Today’s rollout to a limited number of customers is just a test, but depending on how it goes, there may be a wider rollout in the future.
Direct messaging on the web is almost identical to direct messaging via the iPhone, so the interface will be familiar to Instagram users. You can start a DM with someone from a profile page or the DM screen, and there are options to create groups.
Double-tap likes a message, there is an option to see how many unread messages are available, and pictures from the desktop can be shared in DMs. Notifications for DMs can also be received if Instagram site notifications are enabled in the browser.