Instagram Launches Messaging App ‘Threads’
The Instagram messaging app first discussed in early September launched last Friday to iOS and Android users. Threads was built to service smaller groups of friends rather than a larger network, much like Snapchat does, by connecting to Instagram and allowing you to add a list of your close friends. It then opens right to your camera where you can send single-use or permanent images to your close friends that will live both in your direct messages and your Threads app. You can also set a status with an emoji that your close friends will be able to see within the app. Should you set this option to auto-status, Threads will automatically populate a status based on what you are doing. For example, if the app detects you are driving, it will share to your friends that you are “On the move” with a car emoji.