Instagram Introducing Threads, a Fresh Messaging App Just for Close Friends

Threads from Instagram is a camera-first messaging app

Instagram is already prototyping the new privacy setting, which would let it share your location with Facebook. In 2016, Instagram copied Snapchat's popular "stories" product for posting photos and videos that disappear. Their new Threads app is created to let you share anything with your close friends only and has a ton of privacy features.

Instagram has introduced yet another app called Threads. And with the company's current reputation, features like Auto Status are likely going to raise some concerns.

Instagram also has many interactive features for stories, like polls, join chat, reactions, countdown, etc. Instagram Threads is similar to Snapchat, created to communicate with your close friends on Instagram. TechCrunch now explains that the two Instagram founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, left over disagreements with Mark Zuckerberg "about dwindling autonomy of their app within the Facebook corporation". You will also be able to share things like location, status, and private data. You can make even groups with your friends and chat with anyone as long as they come under the category of your close friends. You can choose which of your contacts can see your content. The first is the camera, which is the default screen when you open the app. Take a picture or video, tap the photo of the person you want to send it to, and then swipe to send.

There're no filters or augmented reality masks here, however, you can use the built-in drawing tools to draw and write on your photos.

So how do you get started on Threads? "Messages from your close friends' list will appear in both Threads and Direct, so you have full control over how and with whom you want to interact". The user interface is pretty much the same as Instagram's.

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On Threads, there is no pending inbox with message requests, so only the people you choose to put on your list can send you a message.

The third section is the Status screen, which is similar to AOL Instant Messenger away status message back in the day.

This standalone app is one that prioritises our daily interactions with the people closest to us. That's why we created status.

The app developers assured users that their statuses will only be visible to their close friends.

There's also the Auto Status, which requires the app to have continuous access to your phone's location, movement, battery level, and network connection. Your coordinates only stay on your device for a little while before it's deleted. Early demonstrations have shown that the app is easy to use and that messaging can be done instantly.

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