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Note: This app will be defunct in December, 2021.
What's it about?
THREADS FROM INSTAGRAM integrates seamlessly with Instagram, creating a space to communicate quickly with close friends. Choose up to eight friends to individually share photos and videos with directly from your camera or share with your entire "close friends" group, just as you have been able to from Instagram. Though communication with this group is the priority, users can also access their full Instagram inbox. Online status is still only visible to close friends. You can change your close friends group from within this app or Instagram itself, and those friends can view your photos and updates from either app as well. When sharing photos, you can select one close friend or send to the whole list, and you can choose to allow the photo to be viewed once, replayed, or kept in chat. Auto-status can be manually selected and customized using an emoji and word, or you can allow Threads access to your location to automatically update your status. No specific location information is shared with your friends, though.
Is it any good?
Keeping your close friends updated always can be done in just a few taps. The option to share with just "close friends" has been available on Instagram for a while, but Threads for Instagram makes updating that group quicker and easier. Even better, switching between this app and Instagram is easy, and friends don't have to have Threads installed to communicate with you. It just makes it easier on the person posting or sharing. However, a teen's whole Instagram inbox is also available in the app. So, while it prioritizes chatting with your besties, it lets you access messages from all of your contacts. One advantage is that this app is truly about connecting with people rather than scrolling through an endless feed with potentially negative comments and mature content. So, if your teen focuses more on Threads for Instagram than the main app, it might lead to more connection and less scrolling.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the pros and cons of giving Threads from Instagram access to location data. Is it a convenience to update close friends what you are doing -- even if the information may be inaccurate? Or is it better to have some privacy in that area?
Discuss the differences in real-life close friends and social media close friends. Do the two match up?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: October 3, 2019
- Category: Photo & Video
- Topics: Friendship, High School, Middle School
- Size: 99.00 MB
- Publisher: Facebook Inc.
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: November 18, 2021
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