Facebook (Facebook) is currently working on a new app that offers sharing more information with close friends, similar to Snapchat, The Verge website reports .
The app, called Threads, connects to a user’s Instagram account, but instead of photo-based streaming, it shares more content types: statuses like “free”, “busy”, “watching TV” and more, along with location updates (inaccurate, But verbal, such as “on the move”, “at home”, etc.), speed and battery status. This is of course in addition to the possibility to share textual messages, pictures and videos through the Instagram photography interface. Some content types can be shared automatically at any time or according to information from the sensors, without the user having to do anything.
As mentioned, the updates sent through Threads, and those shown in its feed, are those of users defined as “close friends” only. In addition to the exclusive updates to Threads, it also features the stories of close friends on Instagram.
Facebook’s subsidiary seems to be trying once again to compete with Snapchat, which young people like to spend more time with than they spend on Facebook’s young social network. The previous attempt in this direction, in which the company released its chat interface into a separate app called Direct, was crowned a failure after about three months ago the company announced that the experimenters had complained about having to constantly switch between the main app and the private messaging app.
Instagram declined to comment.