Interestingly, unlike Meta’s Facebook or Instagram, the app will be decentralized.
Substack Notes is now available to all
“Soon, our app will be compatible with certain other apps like Mastodon,” Instagram’s slide reads. “Users on these other apps will be able to search for, follow and interact with your profile and content if you’re public, or if you’re private and approve them as followers.”
Haberman reported that Meta has been having secret calls with select creators about a new app built that’ll be compatible with Meta-owned apps and other apps like Mastodon.
The app, which could allegedly be released as soon as late June, uses your Instagram username and password for a sign-in. It will have a feed for the people you follow and a recommended feed, like TikTok’s infamous FYP.
The text updates can be up to 500 characters long — longer than the non-Twitter Blue users’ 280-character limit, but shorter than subscribers’ 4,000-character limit or even the length of an Instagram caption. Users will allegedly be able to attach links, photos, and videos up to five-minute-long, and can like and reply to others’ posts.
It’s attached to Instagram, so you can sync your existing followers on Instagram and any words or people you’ve blocked on Instagram will carry over. Instagram will enforce its community guidelines on the new app, too.
This comes months after
Meta did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Mashable, and all of this, if it is as it has been reported, is just in a baby phase — nothing to see here yet. But the company