It’s looking like Instagram might be getting a dose of instant messaging in the app’s next update that is if sources familiar with the company are to be believed.

Speaking with GigaOm, “well placed sources” are saying that in an update scheduled before the end of the year will be adding a private instant message feature to the app, there’s also word of a possible group messaging system too.

An update of this kind doesn’t seem too shocking considering Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, recently tried to acquire Snapchat, another photo sharing/messaging service which is proving fairly popular with teens.

Of course Instagram spokespersons have refused to comment so until we receive any official word or see something manifest within the app we’ll have to take this rumour with a pinch of salt.

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