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FACE­BOOK con­tin­ues its as­sault on Snapchat with the in­tro­duc­tion of an all-new app called Threads which picks out some of the most pop­u­lar el­e­ments from In­sta­gram, and puts them in a sim­pler in­ter­face.

This stand­alone app is cam­era-based mes­sag­ing that con­nects you di­rectly, us­ing pho­tos, mes­sages, videos and sto­ries, with the peo­ple on your

In­sta­gram ‘close friends’ list.

There are none of the face-fil­ters you get in the main app, but you can draw on pics and add text.

The other main fea­ture is the abil­ity to al­low In­sta­gram to guess what you’re up to and up­date your friends in real time – it knows where you are, so if you’re in a “shop­ping area” (AKA, a shop), it’ll au­to­mat­i­cally up­date your sta­tus as “Shop­ping”.

That all sounds a bit shady, but, all this is only avail­able to peo­ple you have des­ig­nated as “close friends”, and you can turn all that off any­way. The point is, though, that this is one of the first steps in Face­book and In­sta­gram’s jour­ney to of­fer­ing a more closed, and more pri­vate, mes­sag­ing ser­vice.

THREADS (IOS & AN­DROID, FREE)

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