Adam Mosseri, the head of social media platform Instagram, said that Meta’s new microblogging service ‘Threads’ is set to receive direct messages, or DMs, support in the near future. This update will enable users to engage in private conversations with their friends and followers directly through the Threads app, Mosseri told The Washington Post.
The decision to add DM support comes as American tech giant Meta continues to enhance the features of Threads, aiming to make it a robust competitor in the social media landscape. While Instagram and Facebook, also owned by Meta, have had DM options for some time, the addition of this feature to Threads is expected to further enrich the user experience on the platform.
The idea for Threads originated from a late-night conversation between Adam Mosseri and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Initially contemplating adding Twitter-like features to Instagram, Zuckerberg urged the team to think bigger, leading to the creation of the standalone app Threads. The platform received an overwhelming response, attracting over 100 million sign-ups within the first five days of its launch. However, there was a subsequent decline in user engagement, and Meta is currently working to stabilize the platform and retain its user base.
Threads continues to receive updates and improvements to offer a seamless user experience. Recent updates include an ability to translate posts, a new follow tab, and more. With the upcoming addition of DM support, users will be able to connect and communicate with others without leaving the Threads app.
As Meta focuses on expanding Threads and establishing it as a vibrant space for real-time updates and public conversations, the platform aims to foster positive and creative engagement among its users. Threads allows users to share text updates of up to 500 characters, along with links, photos, and videos up to 5 minutes in length.
The forthcoming DM support is expected to be a valuable addition to Threads, allowing users to discuss private matters and share thoughts discreetly. Moreover, the integration of DMs will streamline the communication process, making Threads an all-in-one solution for microblogging and direct messaging.
While there is no official timeline announced yet, it appears that the DM feature will be rolled out in the coming days, further enhancing the versatility and appeal of Threads as a social media platform.