Instagram May Roll Out App for ‘Real Friends’ Sharing

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A new application may be in the works that allows Instagram users to share real-time information with their closest friends.
alled “Threads,” the app allows users to set up automatic sharing with their closest Instagram buddies of such information as location, movement and battery life, as well as text, video and photo messages generated using Instagram’s tools, The Verge reported Monday.

Instagram spokesperson Devi Narasimhan told TechNewsWorld the company had no comment about Threads.

Once you choose to activate Threads, it will automatically alert people on your Instagram “close friends” list about your location, movements and more, The Verge noted. At the moment, the app displays only generic location information — such as “on the move” — but that could change in the future.

“Facebook has to walk a thin line when it comes to sharing information like location, even if this data is only seen by close friends,” said Michael Inouye, principal analyst at ABI Research, a technology advisory company headquartered in Oyster Bay, New York.

“On the one hand, Facebook can avoid potential issues if the location information is ambiguous like ‘John is on the go’ versus ‘John is at the grocery store’ or even more specifically ‘John is at Safeway,'” he told TechNewsWorld.

“But if the information is too generic, then it loses value,” Inouye continued. “Saying someone is ‘on the go’ doesn’t convey much information to the other side and if it isn’t deemed valuable enough, then users might lose interest.”