Instagram is going to shut the Threads application just two years after its launch. The Facebook (Meta)-owned application has introduced the new application in the year 2019. The app will start re-directing users from Threads to the main application via in-app notifications. Threads users will start receiving these prompts from 23 November, according to a TechCrunch report.
In order to compensate for the shut down of the app, Instagram will be rolling out the option to add music to normal posts. The new feature is being tested in Brazil, Turkey and India. Currently, music can be added to Reels and Stories.
The Threads application was built as a standalone title with emphasis on videos. Users on Instagram could access the Threads application with the same credentials and it was also possible to share posts from one app to another. Prior to Threads, Instagram also tried to launch a text messaging focused app called Direct. However, even that app was shut before the launch of Threads.
According to the TechCrunch report, Instagram decided to shut down the Threads app in order to focus their attention on the main application instead of a companion app. The picture-sharing platform also claimed that most of the features that were available on Thread have either been rolled out to the main application or will be rolled out very soon.
The report quoted an Instagram spokesperson saying, “We know that people care about connecting with their close friends, and we’ve seen this particularly over the past few years with the growth of messaging on Instagram. We’re now focusing our efforts on enhancing how you connect with close friends on Instagram, and deprecating the Threads app.
They further added, “We’re bringing the fun and unique features we had on Threads to the main Instagram app, and continuing to build ways people can better connect with their close friends on Instagram. We hope this makes it easier for people to have all these features and abilities in the main app.”
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