Social media giant Facebook is working on a new messaging app ‘Threads’ which is designed to promote status sharing, location and other things with your close friends. The ‘Threads’ app is being tested internally at Facebook and will act as a companion to photo-sharing app Instagram.
According to the media reports, ‘Threads invites users to automatically share their location, speed, and battery life with friends, along with more typical text, photo, and video messages using Instagram's creative tools.’
There is no official word yet as to when ‘Threads’ will be launched. In early 2019, Facebook ended support for Direct, a camera-first app for Instagram, which had resemblance to Snapchat. In January, Facebook announced to merge WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, allowing users to send messages to one another without switching apps. While the apps will remain separate, they would be designed to put together under a single messaging platform or protocol.
In July, photo-sharing app Instagram ran a test to hide likes that are received on photos and videos. Users will however be able to view the number of likes and views on their own posts.
‘The test is designed to let users focus more on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get,’ an Instagram has spokesperson.
The hide likes test was first carried out in Canada in May last year. The test is now being expanded to more countries to get a better idea of how the experience resonates with Instagram’s global community.