A brief introduction to the app, which was released on Thursday in more than 100 nations.
Meta, the parent company of Instagram, unveiled Threads on Wednesday. The app is known as a text-based conservation app that has the potential to compete with Twitter. You can sign in with your Instagram certifications and keep your usernames, followers and verification status.
The rollout of Threads comes on the heels of Elon Musk’s announcement that you can only read a certain number of tweets per day on Twitter, despite the fact that the platform has reportedly been in the works since January.
Some social media users may be looking for an alternative, similar to Mastodon or Bluesky, in the midst of all the changes at Twitter. Threads lets users post text, videos, and photos, as well as have conversations in real time. Peruse on to more deeply study how to join and what highlights are accessible.
What is Threads by Meta?
Threads is a platform developed by the Instagram team at Meta that lets you publish brief updates or posts of up to 500 characters. Links, images, or videos up to five minutes long can be included. You can “easily share a Threads post to your Instagram story, or share your post as a link on any other platform you choose” using the app, which is linked to your Instagram account, according to Meta.
Posts from Instagram and Threads accounts you follow, as well as recommended for undiscovered content, will appear in your feed. You can also restrict who is allowed to mention you and filter certain words from your feed.
Threads is free to use and can be downloaded from the Apple Store and Google app store.
How to use Threads
To join Threads, you need an Instagram account because you have to use your Instagram login information to sign in. Your Instagram username will be transferred when you create your account, but you can create a custom profile. However, according to Meta, UK users under the age of 18 will receive a default private profile.
Threads app showing how to post messages and photos
Rather than starting from scratch on Threads, you can easily follow the same accounts you follow on Instagram with a few clicks.
When you create a post or “Thread,” you can select who’s able to view it, which can be your followers or the entire world.
Regarding features, users of Twitter and Instagram might be pleased to learn that you can unfollow, report, block, or restrict a profile. Anyone you’ve blocked on Instagram will automatically be blocked on Threads when you access it using the drop-down menu with three dots. Support for screen readers and AI-generated image descriptions are two additional features.
Meta claims that it is working to integrate Threads with other ActivityPub protocol like WordPress and Mastodon. The company would like Threads posts to be accessible to anyone with a compatible app in the future, regardless of whether or not they have a Threads account.
Meta’s Threads vs. Twitter
Competition between the two tech giants is going beyond the proposed cage match between Musk and Mark Zuckerberg It can be much simpler to quickly acquire users thanks to Threads’ built-in Instagram connection. Although Musk increased Twitter’s daily posting limit to 10,000 for verified users, 1,000 for unverified users, and 500 for new unverified users, the change may result in loss of subscribers and advertisers.
However, the brand-new Threads platform is not without its critics. Mike Proulx, an analyst at Forrester, claims that Meta is taking advantage of the current wave of dissatisfaction with Twitter and that the company has previously launched and shut down Threads without success.
“While credit should be given to Meta’s steadfast test and learn strategy, the company doesn’t exactly have a successful track record launching standalone apps outside its core family,” Proulx said in a statement to CNET, citing apps like Slingshot and IGTV as examples. “The company doesn’t exactly have a successful track record launching standalone apps outside of its core family.”
Bluesky, Mastodon, and Hive are just a few of the Twitter competitors flooding the market, according to Proulx. This only serves to fracture the Twitter alternative-seeking user base” he stated.
Concerns about the two apps sharing data have also reportedly delayed Threads’ launch in the European Union.