Instagram Merges Direct With Threads to Form Single Messaging App

Instagram’s
parent
company
Facebook
has
been
trying
its
best
to
make
it
so
that
it
would
potentially
be
able
to
have
a
real
monopoly
over
the
direct
messaging
industry.
With
the
acquisition
of
WhatsApp,
the
creation
of
Messenger
as
well
as
Instagram’s
own
Direct
app
which
was
meant
to
be
a
messaging
app
that
people
could
use
outside
of
Instagram
in
order
to
message
people,
Facebook
successfully
managed
to
create
an
entire
ecosystem
of
messaging
apps
that
could
potentially
prove
to
facilitate
any
form
of
instant
messaging
that
people
might
have
initially
been
interested
in.

Direct
was
not
the
only
messaging
related
app
that
was
connected
to
Instagram.
The
platform
also
launched
Threads
which
was
a
lot
like
Facebook
and
facilitated
status
updates
as
well
as
direct
messaging
with
people
that
you
had
added
to
your
close
friends
list
on
Instagram.
It
turns
out
that
Instagram
might
just
be
starting
merge
both
Direct
and
Threads
into
a
single
messaging
app.
This
was
first
noted
after
the
recent
update
to
the
Threads
app
that
made
it
virtually
indistinguishable
from
Direct
in
a
lot
of
ways
including
both
aesthetics
as
well
as
overall
functionality.

This
might
be
an
attempt
on
both
Facebook’s
as
well
as
Instagram’s
parts
to
unify
their
messaging
ecosystem
in
a
way.
While
it
is
unlikely
that
all
of
the
messaging
apps
under
Facebook’s
control
would
be
consolidated,
doing
so
would
be
enormously
unpopular
for
WhatsApp
users
who
tend
to
crave
separation
from
Facebook’s
overall
ecosystem,
it
does
seem
likely
that
at
the
very
least
Facebook,
Instagram,
Messenger
and
Threads
might
be
added
to
the
centralized
control
panel
that
Facebook
is
adding
to
its
apps.
This
might
help
improve
the
user
experience
by
making
it
more
seamless,
although
some
might
question
the
decision
to
take
away
things
that
once
made
each
of
these
apps
pretty
unique.

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