Report: Instagram to add messaging?

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By Justin Lafferty Comments

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One of the features Instagram has been lacking is a messaging platform. According to GigaOm, that could come by Christmas. The site’s sources tell them that Facebook could integrate messaging into its popular photo and video sharing app, possibly by the end of the year.

GigaOm notes that Facebook could want to add this to Instagram in an update before the end of the year, knowing that many consumers will get new phones, computers and tablets for the holidays. They’ll be engaging with Instagram on a new platform, so why not add a major feature?

GigaOm described what sources have been saying:

Well-placed sources tell us that the company is gearing up to launch new private messaging features inside its still red-hot photo and video sharing service. It is also experimenting with the idea of group messaging, our source tells us. The new features are likely to find home in the next version of Instagram, which is expected before end of the year. An Instagram spokesperson (not surprisingly) declined to comment.

Readers: Do you think Instagram should have a messaging component?