Snapchat should be set to rival with the new app facebook is working on called threads which will promote sharing your status, location and more with your closest friends.
Threads, which is designed as a companion app to Instagram, 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.
The app, which is designed for sharing with your “close friends” list on Instagram, is now being tested internally at Facebook.
According to The Verge, “Threads” which is being tested internally at Facebook is meant to be a companion to photo-sharing app Instagram.
Earlier this year, Instagram put an end to “Direct”, its standalone camera-first messaging app which was used to send Instagram direct messages.
At the moment, Threads does not display your real-time location instead, it might say something like a friend is “on the move,” according to sources familiar with the matter.
You can also update your status manually, with statuses appearing in the main feed along with messages. It’s the latest effort to automate status sharing using mobile phone sensors and one-tap status sharing.
This time, a messaging app built around close friends might be more popular.
“For Facebook and Instagram, which have long way Snapchat’s strong engagement among younger users, ‘Threads’ could represent another effort to chip away at their rival’s appeal,” said the report.
The core of Threads appears to be messaging, and it looks very similar to the existing messaging product inside Instagram.
Messages from your friends appear in a central feed, with a green dot indicating which of your friends are currently active. If your friend has posted a story recently, you can view that from inside Threads as well. Threads also have a camera, which you can use to capture photos and videos and send them to your close friends.
Facebook might end development before shipping the app to the general public, as it did with Direct, It’s unclear when Threads might launch.