Our world is becoming increasingly connected by day through old and new digital platforms. As the social media giant Meta (formerly Facebook) continues to push the boundaries of communication and challenge rivals to dominate the digital media scene, its latest offering just landed!
Meta introduces Instagram Threads, a new text-based messaging platform that looks nearly identical to Twitter and provides users with a dedicated space for conversations.
Mark Zuckerberg just announced it and the sign ups are on the increase!
Post by @zuckView on Threads
After over a decade of zero tweets, Zuckerberg also shared the famous Spider-Man face-off meme on Twitter, hinting at the similarity between both apps.
— Mark Zuckerberg (@finkd) July 6, 2023
Eager to explore its features, potential benefits, and impact?
Here are 5 things you need to know about Meta’s Instagram Threads:
Because it’s linked to Instagram, you must have an Instagram account to join Threads , then you can easily sign in with your Instagram credentials and keep your username, followers, bio, and verification status.
In addition, any accounts users block on Instagram are automatically blocked on Threads. You can also immediately switch to Instagram from Threads through an icon on the top right of your account.
Recognizing the growing need for private and focused interactions, Instagram Threads offers a space separate from the main Instagram app to facilitate conversations with close friends and family, while maintaining privacy. It encourages users to share real-time updates, photos, videos, and text messages with a select group of individuals.
Contrary to Twitter’s character limit, you can post on Threads with up to 500 characters, share up to 10 pictures, and upload videos up to 5 minutes in a single thread. With seamless integration, you can also share your thread on Instagram stories, feed, or even share on Twitter! Bold move?
Threads offers customizable privacy settings, allowing users to choose to have a public or private profile and also decide who can reach them through the app through “mentions” from everyone, people they follow, or no one at all. Threads offers users the option to be private on Instagram, but public on Threads.
To ensure users don’t miss out on important updates and conversations, Instagram Threads’ notification panel has 4 tabs – All (showing all updates including new followers and tags), Mentions, Replies, and Verified (for verified individuals who interacted with your post). With a level of control that enables users to strike a balance between staying connected and maintaining personal boundaries, these notifications can be customized or paused all at once.
As the social media landscape continues to evolve, Instagram Threads marks an important step for Meta in redefining the way we communicate through social media and demonstrates Meta’s commitment to addressing the evolving needs of its users. With personalized communication at its core, Threads paves the way for more private and intentional interactions within the digital realm. Will this exciting new platform be a Twitter killer? We’ll have to wait and see!