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Instagram is developing a new message app called Threads “to promote continuous and intimate communication between users and their close friends,”
On Monday, The Verge revealed, in what would appear to be yet another effort by a Facebook-owned app approach the surface of Snapchat.
According to the Verge report, Threads is being designed as a sister app for Instagram and “invites users to automatically share their location, speed, and battery life” with members of an Instagram user’s “close friends” list, “along with more typical text, photo, and video messages using Instagram’s creative tools.”
It is being internally tested, the Verge writes and seems to be another stab at the introduction of a unique messaging application to Instagram. In 2017, it stopped working on a previous independent attempt, named Direct.
The Verge claims that Threads has a range of data to share with close friends of an Instagram user list. This involves an opt-in function called “automatic sharing” which enables list users to receive periodic updates on where they are.
Screenshots reviewed by The Verge show an app that’s designed to promote constant, automatic sharing between users and the people on their “close friends” list on Instagram. Opt into automatic sharing, and Threads will regularly update your status, giving your friends a real-time view of information about your location, speed, and more. At the moment, Threads does not display your real-time location — instead, it might say something like a friend is “on the move,” according to sources familiar with the matter.
This means that Threads seems to be designed to permit periodic, automatic updates of a user’s location, speed, and more in a chosen list of friends.
The Verge states that Threads also has a segment that includes messages from friends in the main feed along with a “green dot to indicate which of your friends are presently active.”
It is worth noting that Facebook recently took steps to bring its popular apps; Instagram and WhatsApp under the Facebook branding.
As of now, there is no word on the launch date of Threads.[The Verge]
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