Instagram is reportedly working on a replacement for Twitter

by The Insights

Twitter it sucks and it looks like instagram comes for its users.

Lia Haberman first reported in her ICYMI Substack(opens in a new tab) that Instagram is building a social media platform that looks like a merger of the two social media giants. In the screenshot shared by Haberman, the app was called “Instagram’s new text app for conversations,” but she reported that internally it was called P92, Project 92, or Barcelona.

Interestingly, unlike Meta’s Facebook or Instagram, the app will be decentralized.


Substack Notes is now available for everyone

“Soon our app will be compatible with some other apps like Mastodon,” the Instagram slide reads. “Users of these other apps will be able to find, follow and interact with your profile and content whether you are public or private and approve them as followers.”

Haberman reported that Meta had secret calls with some creators about a new designed app that will be compatible with Meta-owned apps and other apps like Mastodon.

The app, which could be released as soon as late June, uses your Instagram username and password to log in. It will have a feed for people you follow and a recommended feed, like TikTok’s infamous FYP.

Text updates can be up to 500 characters – longer than the 280 character limit for non-Twitter Blue users, but shorter than the 4,000 character limit for followers or even the length of an Instagram caption . Users will allegedly be able to attach links, photos and videos up to five minutes long, and will be able to like and reply to others’ posts.

It is attached to Instagram, so you can sync your existing Instagram followers and any words or people you have blocked on Instagram will remain. Instagram will also enforce its community guidelines on the new app.

It comes months later Instagram launched Notes, which brought pure text to the platform but did not replace tweets. Notes are displayed next to your profile picture on the DM inbox screen and contain only 60 characters and emoticons, but even less than those shown in the preview. Notes are only displayed for 24 hours.

Meta didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Mashable, and all of this, if it’s as reported, is just a baby phase — still nothing to see here. But the company told Platformer in March(opens in a new tab)“We are exploring a self-contained, decentralized social network for sharing text updates. We believe there is an opportunity for a separate space where creators and public figures can share timely updates on their interests.”

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