Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has launched Threads, a new app poised to rival Twitter. Within just four hours of its debut, Threads amassed an impressive five million sign-ups, demonstrating its early popularity. By offering extended post lengths, celebrity endorsements, and a visual resemblance to Twitter, Threads aims to entice users away from its troubled competitor. In this blog post, we will explore how to create an account on threads and use the platform, the app’s features, its potential impact on the social media landscape, and the initial reactions it has garnered.
Now let’s dive into it.
How to create an account on Threads
- Download the Threads app from the App Store or Google Play.
- Open the app and tap the Log in with Instagram button.
- Enter your Instagram username and password.
- Tap Next.
- If you want to import your profile information from Instagram, tap the Import from Instagram button. Otherwise, you can enter your bio, link, and profile picture manually.
- Tap Next.
- You’re now signed up for Threads!
Threads Features and Similarities
Threads closely resemble Twitter in terms of its visual layout, although certain terms have been altered. Retweets are now “reposts,” and tweets are referred to as “threads.” Meta’s tendency to borrow features from competitors is evident in Threads, much like Instagram’s adoption of TikTok’s Reels. With Threads, users can compose posts of up to 500 characters and share videos up to five minutes long. The app also allows users to filter out specific words in replies, unfollow, block, restrict, or report other users.
Meta’s Response to Twitter’s Challenges
Threads’ launch follows a turbulent period for Twitter, which recently imposed tweet viewing limits due to concerns about data harvesting by companies involved in artificial intelligence models. Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, addressed these challenges, expressing his belief in the need for a public conversations app with billion-plus users. Zuckerberg aims to create an engaging platform where Twitter has seemingly fallen short.
Initial Reactions and Meta’s Growing Influence
Reception to Threads has varied, with some users praising its user-friendly interface and predicting potential challenges for Twitter and CEO Elon Musk. Ironically, much of the discussion surrounding Threads took place on Twitter itself, as the hashtag “#Threads” trended. Meta’s ability to swiftly integrate Threads with Instagram showcases the company’s growing power and influence in the social media landscape.
User Safety and Advertising
Addressing concerns regarding child safety, Meta defaults Threads users under 18 to private profiles, limiting access to approved individuals only. Notably, Meta has confirmed that Threads will not display ads for at least the first year, and content recommendations will combine both followed content and algorithmic suggestions. Usernames from Instagram will be retained to mitigate the possibility of high-profile name-squatting.
Congratulations on successfully signing up for your Threads account! You’re now ready to embark on an exciting journey of exploration, connecting with others, and making the most of the platform’s unique features. As you dive into the Threads community, we’d love to hear about your experiences. Share your thoughts, anecdotes, and memorable moments with us via the comment below. Let us know how Threads has added a touch of humour and connection to your digital world. Happy threading!