Facebook’s New Stand-Alone Messaging App “Threads” From Instagram Isn’t Far From Snapchat

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Facebook launches a new standalone app “Threads” from Instagram to help you stay connected to your close friends.

Threads is a new camera-first messaging app; It is an off-shoot of Instagram that’s suited for deeper connections with the people that matter most to you through videos and photos, amid the whole lot of bandwagons who try to stalk you in DMs.

Unlike the Instagram platform that allows for sharing everyday moments with people you may or may not care about, threads emphasizes on smaller circle of friends and the need to stay connected to them through out the day communicating what you are doing and how you are feeling through photos and videos.

The standalone app is designed with privacy, speed, and your close connections in mind.
To enable share of photos, videos, messaging, stories and more on threads; First, you can either use or create your close friends list on Instagram and use threads to share to them; Note that threads opens directly to the camera and allows you to add shortcuts, so you can share what you’re doing in just two taps.

You’ll have a dedicated inbox and notifications just for your closest circle. If you don’t have a list set up yet, you can make one directly from Threads when you download the app.

With threads, you are in control of who you can reach, and customize the experience around the people who matter most with the “status” update.

Status was created for easier connection with friends through out the day especially when you do not have ample time to send a photo or have a conversation. You can either choose a suggested status, create your own or turn on auto status which automatically communicates a bit of what you are up to without giving away your coordinates. Only your close friends will see your status, and it’s completely opt-in.

Seems like a replica of Snapchat. What do you think?