Threads: Instagram's Answer to Twitter

Are you looking for a new and exciting social media app where you can share your thoughts and join public conversations by text?

You might be thinking, “Isn’t Twitter for that?” Well, you’re not wrong, but with all the controversy Elon Musk is stirring up over at Twitter, Instagram has come up with the perfect alternative: Threads.

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Meta, the owner of Facebook, has launched a new app to compete with Twitter

Threads will be closely linked to Instagram, providing users with a text-based conversation platform.

Meta describes Threads as “A space for communities to come together and discuss a wide range of topics”

This move is the latest development in the ongoing rivalry between Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter.

Just last month, the two engaged in a public spat, even agreeing to a physical fight! Although it remains unclear if they were serious about following through with it.

Musk did take a swipe at Zuckerberg, though, in response to the tweet about threads, saying, “Thank goodness they’re so sanely run.”

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So what is Threads?

A New Space for Real-Time Updates

Threads, developed by the Instagram team, offers a separate space for real-time updates and public conversations. Whether you’re a creator or a casual poster, Threads provides a positive and creative environment to express your ideas.

This app takes what Instagram does best—sharing photos and videos—and expands it to include the power of text.

Seamless Integration with Instagram

If you're already an Instagram user, transitioning to Threads is a breeze!

All you have to do is simply log in to Threads using your existing Instagram account. Your Instagram username and verification will carry over. You even have the option to customise your profile specifically for Threads.

This seamless integration hopefully, guarantees for a smoother experience for Instagram users looking to explore the world of Threads.

Discover and Share Engaging Content

Threads opens up a whole new world of engaging content.

Your feed on Threads will include threads posted by people you follow on Instagram, as well as recommended content from new creators you may not have discovered yet.

With the ability to make posts up to 500 characters long users have ample opportunities to express themselves and share captivating content.

And if you want to reach an even wider audience, it’s easy to share your Threads post to your Instagram story or other platforms of your choice.

Safety Features & Privacy

In a world of data breaches and privacy concerns, Threads offers control & safety features

To ensure positive and productive conversations, Threads has incorporated Instagram’s safety features, empowering users with the tools to take control of their experience.

You can choose who can mention or reply to you within Threads and even add hidden words to filter out replies containing specific words.

Regarding privacy, Threads will gather data from users’ phones, including location data, purchase history, and browsing activity.

While several Twitter-like apps have emerged in recent years – such as Donald Trump’s Truth Social and Mastodon. Threads could pose the most significant threat to Twitter yet.

While on the subject of data, Musk recently restricted the number of tweets users could see, citing concerns about excessive data scraping.

Is it a Free Platform?

It's a good question....

Twitter has announced that its popular user dashboard, TweetDeck, will become a paid service in 30 days. We’re sure that this is all part of Musk’s efforts to encourage users to sign up for Twitter’s subscription service, Twitter Blue.

On the other hand, Meta’s Threads app appears to be a free service with no restrictions on the number of posts users can view. It’s being described as a free platform where communities can discuss current and trending topics.

Future Prospects

The plan isn't to confine Threads to the Instagram platform.

The team has plans to make the app compatible with ActivityPub, an open social networking protocol established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

This compatibility will enable connections with other apps that support the ActivityPub protocol, opening up exciting possibilities for seamless interaction across platforms.

The vision is to create diverse and interconnected networks, shaping the future of online platforms.

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You can join the Threads Community Today

Threads is now available for download on both iOS and Android devices in over 100 countries. Not including the EU.

So, if you’re fed up with Twitter and seeking a fresh, captivating way to express yourself and connect with others; Threads is the answer.

As the app continues to evolve, new features will be introduced. Including improved recommendations in the feed and a robust search function for real-time topic and trend exploration – possibly a bit like Pinterest?

Closing Thoughts...

Threads sounds like a promising platform. It does. But it's not a new concept.

Mark Zuckerberg does have a track record of borrowing ideas from other companies and making them successful. Meta’s Reels, similar to TikTok, and Stories, reminiscent of Snapchat, are prime examples.

Although Musk has received praise in certain circles for his commitment to free speech, he has also managed to alienate some users. Zuckerberg will likely aim to attract disenchanted Twitter users and create a genuine alternative through Threads.

I guess we’ll just see what happens!

Threads by Meta [Facebook Owner] is a text-based conversation app that provides a platform for communities to come together and discuss various topics.

You can download Threads today in over 100 countries including the UK, but not yet in the EU because of regulatory concerns.

Threads is an Instagram app that allows you to create and share threaded posts, engage in discussions with others, and follow profiles that capture your interest.