Instagram introduces Threads, a messaging app designed to be used only by best friends today. First released in August by Verge the existence of this app is a companion to Instagram, allowing you to quickly share text, photos and videos with your "Best Friends" list. In addition, continuous manual sharing of location, status, and other intimate data creates privacy concerns and allows some people to reconsider how they use their close friends list.
Threads have three key components. The first is the camera, which is the main screen when you open the app. It is for taking pictures and videos. There is no filter here. The app provides customizable shortcuts for close friends, so if you mainly use the app to send messages to two or three people, you can post your profile picture at the bottom of the camera screen. Take a photo, tap the photo, then swipe up to send. It was very quick to take and send photos in the demonstration.
The second component of a thread is the Inbox, which mirrors messages directly from Instagram, but is limited to close friends only. Robby Stein, who is in charge of developing products for Instagram's consumer apps, said the average number of friends in the list of close friends is between 1 and 20. This includes group chats, but only if everyone involved is a close friend of me.
Finally there is a status screen, which seems to be the most controversial of the threads. AOL has modernized away messages based on previous Facebook efforts to bring message style status updates back to social networks. To create a state, select an emoticon and type a few words or choose from several pre-filled states created by Instagram. Then it tells Instagram the time (1-4 hours) to show status on Instagram.
Or you can choose what Instagram really wants here. Choosing “Auto Status” can refresh your status all day long. You move about your life. For example, when you are at home or at work, you learn and update accordingly. Instagram says that it uses information to create "contexts" without storing the exact location. If you are at home, you will think when you want to go out. If you are at work, you are probably trapped for a while.
In all cases, the company says that your status is only visible to close friends.
With the release of today, why Instagram wrote a separate blog post about thread privacy as it affects privacy. The following is a description of the company on how to use data if you choose to share your status continuously.
Threads request location, movement, battery level, and network connections from their phones to determine the context to share. For example, Auto Status can use your precise location to show your friends “in the cafe,” or Auto Status can detect your bike and set your status to “Moving.” You'll be asked to specifically agree with what information Auto Status asks for. Auto-state does not share your exact location with your friends, and if Threads sends your location to the server to find it, that information won't be stored-it's only stored on your device for a limited time. If you remove the thread, it is deleted.
This data was abandoned After many years of Facebook scandal related to many data privacy issues, some users will find it's not worth it. But it's also worth noting that other messaging apps, such as Snapchat, essentially request the same permissions. Snapchat does not generate automatic status all day, but if you allow it, it will show you all your friends and maps. Ultimately, whether or not to opt in to these features depends largely on whether or not your social circle is performing.
Threads represent Instagram's latest efforts to build fellow messaging products to build on the direct messages they already have and to slow Snapchat's momentum. Messaging. In May, Instagram stopped working on Direct, a standalone messaging app that has been working since 2017. The reason was simple. The people in the market being tested hated having to switch between apps to interact with their friends.
But Instagram could not afford to give up the messaging app. A message is a message that keeps people's eyes on the screen for several hours a day. Qualifying the message product to a tab in the message product places significant restrictions on what Instagram designers can do. So the company was constantly looking for other solutions.
I felt like I was receiving Snapchat messages on Instagram. After all, messaging is at the heart of Snapchat, and for a long time it has encouraged only close friends to users to add to the service. This allowed the company to build products that required significant trust between users, such as constantly sharing their location on a snap map. Instagram attempts to recreate the experience by introducing messaging products only to close friends.
Threads arrived at an important time on Instagram and quickly felt transformed into two separate beasts. The first is the mall where influencers tie clothes, makeup and diet pills. The second is a more intimate app for talking between friends and family. These two can coexist, but if you have a private house, the second one may be easier to succeed. A thread represents an effort to be that house.
Instagram is confident enough to bring its products to the world. It's currently shipping on iOS and Android.