Oh, look, another Facebook application doesn't need anyone.
The social media giant announced on Thursday that it is launching a new Instagram app called Threads. A standalone application, Threads will be removed from the list of close friends on Instagram of the user. According to a blog post on "Camera Messenger", Threads will allow users to share photos and videos with these friends.
"Over the last few years, we've introduced a few new ways to visually share on Instagram and interact with people who care about you – from sharing everyday moments in Stories to visual messages on Direct," – CEO Robby Stein wrote. "But for your smaller circle of friends, we've seen the need to stay more connected throughout the day so you can communicate what you do and how you feel through photos and videos."
The app seems like it combines the status and activity features of Facebook, Stories, and real-time Instagram or Snapchat image sharing with a private group chat element. According to Facebook, the app opens directly to the camera and allows shortcuts for quick sharing. Based on the images and promotional material used by Facebook to promote this product, it looks like it is targeted at teenagers – which scans, given that I can't think of any adults who are actively using this product. Please see for yourself:
In addition to setting a unique or suggested status, Facebook says that the threads will also allow users to set something called automatic status, a setting for automatic sharing "small pieces of context wherever you are without giving your coordinates." Obviously, Facebook must include your location for this. (Not good!) But it also seems that this setting is shared by all kinds of personal information about your device, activity and location.
For example, in addition to sharing with those "close friends" when the user is at home, on the road or at the airport, he also sucks and spits out information about whether the user's phone is low. about the battery life and the status of their network connection, the company ironically described in the blog about the "confidentiality" of the program. Definitely not scary at all.
In an apparent attempt to address concerns about a product that is explicitly intended for teens, Facebook claimed that it did not store location data on its servers, adding that any such data was only stored on the user's devices for a "limited" time. Facebook also reported that "exact location information" would not be used to place user ads. Okay, then!
Dear reader, It's almost certainly too old to be a targeted demo for any trait, which trying to be this product.