Instagram will introduce a “Green Dot,” to show when friends are active on the photo-sharing platform, the company has announced. Parent company Facebook employs a similar method of indicating an “Available” status in its Messenger app.
On Instagram the dot will appear in several places throughout the app, including the Direct message page, and the friend list. It only appears to people you follow, or who you have messaged in the Direct feature before.
It’s possible to turn the feature off under the settings menu, where the “Activity Status,” option can be unchecked. This will disable the green dot, and the information on when you were last active in Direct.
“DMing friends and connecting over the content you love is more fun when you know your friends are there to see it. This update gives you the ability to have more of those realtime conversations while giving you the control to hide your status altogether.”