Facebook is developing a Threads messenger in which users can share content with a list of “close friends” from Instagram. This was reported by The Verge, citing sources familiar with the project.
In the companion application, users will be able to automatically share their location, speed and battery level, in addition to the “standard” text, photos and videos. Now the application is undergoing closed internal testing. Instagram declined to comment.
Threads will automatically update user status. While the application does not show the location in real time, the status “on the road” appears instead, sources said. Status can also be updated manually.
Threads is a messenger reminiscent of private messages existing on Instagram. Dialogs appear in the main stream, active users are marked with a green dot. If a “close friend” recently published a story, then it can be viewed through Threads. The application also has a built-in camera, with which you can take photos and videos. Launch date is still unknown.
In May, Instagram stopped working on Direct, a standalone instant messenger for Instagram that has been under development since 2017. At that time, testers did not like the fact that they had to switch between the main and secondary applications when they wanted to send a message.