Twitter rival Threads leaked on Google Play! Is Instagram set to launch new platform?

Instagram's Threads app is expected to have a Twitter-like appearance, but it will be 'sanely' run. Is the launch imminent?

| Updated on: Jul 02 2023, 17:16 IST
Instagram users can share stories on Close Friends list; check steps here
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1/5 If you are an Instagram user and are not comfortable in sharing your images, videos, among others with all via Instagram stories then you can create a Close Friends list and share your story with only the people on that list. It can also be known that with stories, you can share photos and videos that disappear from your profile, feed and messages after 24 hours, unless you add them to your profile as story highlights. (Pixabay)
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2/5 It can be noted that people on your Close Friends list will know they are on it, but they can't see who else is on the list. Only you can see your close friends list, and no one can request to be added. (AP)
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3/5 If someone has added you to their list, you will see a green badge when you're viewing their stories and a green ring around their profile photo. So, here are the steps you need to follow to create your close friends list: (Pexels)
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4/5 Instagram: How to create Close Friends list- Tap profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile. Then click at the top right, then tap Close Friends. Scroll down to Suggestions (Android) or Suggested (iPhone). Tap Add next to the people who you want to add to your Close Friends list. You can also tap Search to search for a friend. (Pixabay)
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5/5 Instagram: How to share a story with your close friends list- Tap at the top or swipe right anywhere in feed, then scroll to Story at the bottom. Then click at the bottom of the screen to take a photo, or tap and hold to record a video. To choose a photo from your phone's library or gallery, swipe up anywhere on the screen. When you are ready to share, tap Close Friends in the bottom left. (REUTERS)
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Twitter to soon have its new competitor called 'Threads' that will be launched by Instagram. (Pexels)

Instagram is rumoured to launch a Twitter-like text-based social media platform called 'Threads'. And it may have well have previewed it recently. A tipster named Alessandro Paluzzi took to his Twitter handle to announce that Instagram released the Threads app on Google Play Store. He has also shared a link to the Play Store, but the app is not available there any longer. However, Paluzzi also shared some screenshots that purportedly show glimpses of the app.

So, how will Threads be different from Twitter? What features will it bring?

The biggest change that is expected from Threads is that it will be a "... platform that is sanely run," The Verge quoted a top executive as telling employees. Considering that Twitter has had a roller-coaster ride for years and the same does not seem to be ending, this will certainly count as a key differentiator.

Instagram Threads: All we know about it so far

As per the leaked image of the Threads app description by Paluzzi, it is a place where "communities come together to discuss everything from the topics you care about today to what'll be trending tomorrow." It may sound similar to Twitter, but the leaked description of Threads revealed that users will be able to follow and connect with their "favourite creators and others who love the same things -- or build a loyal following of your own to share ideas, opinions, and creativity with the world."

The screenshots of the store listing suggest that users will be able to log in to Threads with their Instagram account. Your essential data such as followers, handles, bio, and verification will be transferred easily. You may even be able to follow the same accounts that you follow on Instagram. Moreover, the tipster revealed that Threads will let you attach files with a paperclip-like icon. While, the rest of the elements such as liking, reposting, replying, and sharing are similar to Twitter.

It must be noted that Meta Platforms hasn't officially confirmed the name or the app. However, the quick pace of leaks and suggested listing on Play Store hints towards its imminent launch.

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First Published Date: 02 Jul, 16:55 IST
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