I'd bet that there's more of that happening on WhatsApp than any other app in the world, possibly by an order of magnitude.
You can't separate the company WhatsApp from the company Facebook because they are the same company FB.
There has to be some sort of magic there. Maybe someone with more experience in the space can offer more insight here. But it just astounds me that Facebook has managed to generate at least an order of magnitude higher ARPU than Twitter, Snap, Reddit, etc. They're making as much per user as Netflix does from actual paying subscribers.
I find it hard to get excited about this.. probably will get cancelled in 6-9 months after languishing a bit.
Personally I don't care about app count, I'm just not a huge fan of when companies spin features off as products unless it makes total sense. I think it does in this case, it looks like a crossover of Messenger and Instagram that reminds me of Snapchat when it was just a sexting app.
From a separate point of view: I was super happy when Messenger was spun off so I could delete Facebook from my phone.
I m surprised they didnt just launch a phone for it.
I suppose the idea is the entry point - Instagram's entry point is viewing content, not creating content (the feed is the first thing that shows up when opening the app). Threads is the same as SNAP in that the first entrypoint is to create content: it opens the camera.
It'll be interesting to see if this can succeed in finally pushing SNAP out, as one benefit for users is leveraging the existing social graph from Instagram, whereas you must add people for SNAP.
I'm actually happy to install this so I can delete Instagram. I keep Instagram around because some friends only message me through that.
n=1 this doesn't appeal to me; why would I want to fragment my communications further? But I could believe that teenagers would use this more; I've read that many young people today aren't on a single monolithic platform like FB or Instagram but instead have different social apps for different friend groups or parts of their lives.
1. The closer the relationship the faster the communication
2. Different levels of privacy should be in different UI spaces entirely (fiddling with privacy settings on posts is not how we think about privacy in real life)
I think both are great ideas that extend natural human relationships and communication rather than forcing people into unnatural modes.
Whatsapp is for non-US general population.
FB Messenger is for US general population.
Threads is for US and non-US Gen-Z and below.
They’ve already tried the “close friends” feature with Instagram stories. Anecdotally, hardly anyone is using it.
I dont believe you FB. Prove it! This all clear text or there encryption?
> We know people want to stay connected with their close friends online.
How on earth did they 'know' this? Perhaps using machine-learning on the surveys and activities that they have collected on Facebook / Instagram? No doubt about it as they already admitted this at the top of their banner on Facebook:
Who knows if this banner applies to Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp without explicitly placing the notice. Their stance on privacy for Threads is no different.
Remember they stored Instagram's passwords in plain-text at one point (I remember in High School even I salt and hashed passwords for users)
I'm gonna make a new chat app called deadlock.
A seamstress isn't going to call a piece of cloth a thread, when cloth is made up of threads.
Do you think Facebook is just a company made up of programmers?
You need to remove the "/s" from your comment for it to make sense.