Tech Giants Instagram and Twitter clash for the path to the top through a new application launch.
The competition for the top spot and for the most used social media platform is never-ending so is the case with twitter and Instagram our go to social apps.
Developments at a glance
The rumors relating to a new text-based app being developed by Instagram, which is owned by Meta, were initially mentioned a few months ago. According to the claims, the new software would compete with Twitter and be based on Instagram. We now know more about this platform, and it seems to be getting closer to final completion after a little period of silence. More details regarding the app, its features, design, and other aspects have been revealed in a new report.
The updates on the latest developments surrounding the Twitter rival was initially made public by Lia Haberman in her ICYMI Substack newsletter and afterwards on Twitter through a substantial series of tweets. She said that the app was decentralized and would work with several other apps, much like Mastodon and Jack Dorsey’s BlueSky. This implies that users of other applications, even those who are not signed up for Instagram, will be able to search for users on the new text-based Instagram app as well. If you’re interested in seeing how the app may seem, you can also view the Twitter thread. The new software is now anticipated to launch in late June.
Insights into Instagram’s new app
The app is simply referred to as “Instagram’s new text-based app for conversations” because it does not yet have an official name. The reasoning behind not allotting the official name was to have more leverage and proper testing with absolute anonymity. According to sources, it is known as Barcelona or P92 internally. To log onto the new site, users may use their Instagram username and password. From the main app, their followers, bio information, and verification status will also be carried across. Even the disguised phrases and prohibited profiles that were chosen for Instagram will remain.
The app and Twitter are quite similar. In the sense that the basic functions remain the same, like posting and chatting, as stated in a report. The app will include a centralized feed presenting your following and suggested material, according to Haberman. You have a maximum of 500 characters for text updates, which is fewer than an Instagram caption, an extended tweet, or a LinkedIn post, along with videos and images.
According to the article, because the app is a decentralized platform, it would be interoperable with other social media sites, particularly Mastodon. If accurate, this might be a huge step forward towards a platform-agnostic social media experience that creates a personalized interface for each network member.
Decentralization from real world to social media
The fact that decentralization is a significant highlight of the text-based app to be finally launched by Instagram speaks volumes about private control on social media apps. What it means is that the app will be in sync with numerous other apps and websites, which gives it a unique existence in the whirlpool of highly limited social media apps.
The tough centrality that controls each and every aspect of the media database will now be challenged with decentralization at the heart of this new launch. Further user privacy would be significantly improved, but how? And further in what ways does decentralization protect user identity?
The answer remains simple with centrality: a cyber attack affects the entire database, but with decentralization, there are individual databases that are independent of each other. As a result, the hacker would need to gain access to each and every database individually, which definitely makes the process 100 times more difficult compared to the traditional systems.