What Is ‘Twitter Killer’ Threads App?
THREADS – What is the Threads app? Your queries concerning the new Twitter competitor to Meta are all addressed.
Launched by Meta, Threads is a text-based application that rivals Twitter. Over 100 countries, including the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada, and Japan, now have access to the app, which is marketed as the text-based equivalent of Meta’s photo-sharing site Instagram. Despite some early issues, 30 million users have registered by midday on July 6th, according to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta.
Celebrities like Oprah, Shakira, and chef Gordon Ramsay are among the newcomers to the site, along with business accounts from Taco Bell, Netflix, Spotify, the Washington Post, and other media organizations.
The launch of Threads, which according to Meta offers “a new, separate space for real-time updates and public conversations,” comes as many people search for Twitter alternatives to avoid Elon Musk’s noisy control over the site since he bought it last year for $44 billion. However, the new Meta app has also sparked concerns about data privacy and is noticeably unavailable in the European Union.
What you need to know about Threads is provided here.
How can I use Threads?
People in more than 100 countries can now download Threads from the Apple and Google Android app stores.
Instagram users can log into Threads using their Instagram account because Threads was developed by the Instagram team. According to the platform, your username and verification status will transfer over, but you will also have the choice of customizing other aspects of your profile, such as whether or not you want to follow the same users that you do on Instagram.
If I don’t have an Instagram account, can I still use Threads?
Only Instagram users can now create accounts on Threads. You must first sign up for Instagram in order to access Threads.
Making Threads an extension of Instagram was a wise decision on the side of Meta, according to Mike Proulx, VP, and research director at Forrester, despite potential opposition.
Proulx said that Instagram users are receiving alerts about their followers joining Threads, which is encouraging more and more people to sign up. “It’s piqued (user) curiosity,” Proulx said. “That’s one of the reasons why Threads got over 10 million people to sign up in just a seven hour period” following its introduction.
Although Proulx noted that “the long term nature of threads is what’s going to ultimately predict its success or failure,” he continued, “maintaining momentum and continuing to capture user attention past the initial curiosity bump will be crucial down the line.”
How is Threads similar to Twitter?
The microblogging experience on Threads is extremely comparable to Twitter. Users can check the number of likes and replies a post has received as well as repost, reply to, or quote a topic. Unlike Twitter, where the character limit is 280, “threads” can be up to 500 characters long and can contain links, images, and videos that are up to five minutes long.
Making Threads “a friendly place” will be essential for its success, according to Zuckerberg, who added that this was “one reason why Twitter never succeeded as much as I think it should have, and we want to do it differently.”
Is Twitter seeking legal action against Meta?
Twitter has threatened legal action against Meta over Threads, according to a letter that Semafor was able to get on Thursday. Alex Spiro, an attorney for Twitter, accused Meta of illegally utilizing Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property by enlisting former Twitter employees to develop a “copycat” software in a letter that was dated Wednesday and addressed to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Spiro’s letter was reported on Threads on Thursday afternoon, and Meta spokesperson Andy Stone said in response that “no one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee.”
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