Apple’s App Store has recently unveiled a new app called Threads, set to launch as early as Thursday. This intriguing application offers a unique text-based conversational experience that is deeply integrated with Instagram, hinting at a microblogging feature reminiscent of Twitter.
According to screenshots displayed on the App Store listing, Instagram users will have the convenience of retaining their usernames and following the same accounts on this fresh platform. This development comes in response to the recent controversy surrounding Elon Musk’s Twitter announcement over limited daily tweet views. The Tesla CEO, an influential figure in the tech industry, explained that these restrictions aimed to prevent unauthorized scraping of potentially valuable data.
As with most social networking services, Threads will be accessible through dedicated mobile apps for both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms. There are also reports suggesting the availability of a web application, allowing users to create profiles using the format threads.net/user. The announcement for the app was made on July 4, with pre-orders being accepted two days prior to its US release.
Furthermore, it has been disclosed that Threads has already garnered the attention of notable personalities, with DJ Slime being among the confirmed users. The app’s creators are also reportedly engaged in discussions with influential figures such as Oprah Winfrey and the Dalai Lama, showcasing the app’s potential reach and impact.
Back in July, details about Instagram Threads emerged when developer Alessandro Paluzzi shared information on Twitter. Paluzzi revealed that Project 92 had briefly appeared on the Google Play Store under the name Threads, but was swiftly removed. Nevertheless, the developer managed to capture screenshots showcasing some of the app’s key features before its removal.
Interestingly, Elon Musk’s ongoing rivalry with Meta Platforms, the company behind Facebook, may soon extend beyond the virtual realm. In a recent online exchange between Musk and Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the two billionaire tech moguls seemed to have playfully agreed to a hypothetical cage match face-off. However, it remains uncertain whether this friendly challenge will materialize in an actual physical confrontation.