Heard the latest buzz from the social media grapevine? Instagram is venturing into Twitter territory with its new text-based app. Currently known as “Instagram’s new text-based app for conversations” (codenamed P92 or Barcelona), it’s aiming to change the game.
The app is a fusion of Instagram aesthetics and Twitter-style text posts. You can post text updates up to 500 characters long, attach links, photos, and videos, and all with your existing Instagram credentials. Even your blocked accounts will carry over, and you get to control who can reply to you or mention your account.
What sets it apart is its element of decentralization. It’ll eventually sync with apps like Mastodon, allowing users there to search for, follow, and interact with your content.
Instagram’s foray into Twitter’s domain comes at an opportune time, with Twitter’s chaotic situation causing users to seek alternatives. It’s been secretly testing the new app with celebrities and influencers and might unveil it as early as June.
Instagram’s move is part of Meta’s strategy of adopting features from other popular apps. With this new venture, Instagram aims to provide a space where creators and public figures can share timely updates about their interests, potentially giving Twitter a run for its tweets