13 November 2019
Facebook and Snapchat rivalry is not a new thing as the former has been trying different ways to compete with the latter for many years now. It not only purchased Instagram in the same attempt but also copied many of Snapchat features like Stories. And now, it is reported that Facebook is working on a new messaging app called Threads.
The Verge reports that Threads will be a companion app for Instagram. It is said to be aimed at allowing users to stay more connected and share personal details with their closed friends on the platform. Some of these details include location, speed, and battery life which will be shared automatically. Although, it will be up to users whether they want to opt-in for automatic sharing or not.
Once selected, Threads will start sharing information with selected friends in real-time. In the current stage of internal testing, the location-sharing is not exactly real-time. The app shows that the user is "one the move" which means other users will not be able to see the exact location of others. But it is unknown whether this will remain the same way by the time Threads app will become public. Other than the automatic sharing, the app will also offer manual status sharing but it is not the main focus.
If you wondering when you will get to use Threads app, there is no specific timeline for that. It is hard to say if Facebook will actually release the app as companies for testing various apps/projects but scrapping them mid-way. This is exactly what happened with Instagram Direct application that shut down about three months ago.