Instagram will allegedly soon be launching a text-based application which at the moment is being perceived as a rival to microblogging platform - Twitter.
The debut of the same is scheduled for June end. Codenamed P92 or Barcelona, the new app’s name isn’t revealed yet and is commonly called “Instagram’s new text-based app for conversations”.
The app is reported to have been in the making for several months now and discussions have been ongoing with select creators, however, even the selected creators didn’t have access to the full application.
Here’s a sneak peek into what the new app will look like:
Based on a (somewhat blurry) example I got, Meta's new app looks a lot like Twitter.— Lia Haberman (@liahaberman) May 19, 2023
So, could this take over all the Twitter screenshots we've been seeing on the Feed lately? Maybe.
It’s impossible to predict how audiences will respond but this could be an alternative. pic.twitter.com/xgQa1kUjCl
As per reports, users will be able to sign in to it by using their Instagram username and password, post which all of their followers, bio, and verification will transfer to the new app.
Earlier this year, in March, Meta had told Platformer, Casey Newton’s independent newsletter on Silicon Valley and democracy, that it was exploring a “standalone decentralised social network for sharing text updates”.
“We believe there’s an opportunity for a separate space where creators and public figures can share timely updates about their interests,” Meta had said.