Monday, July 22
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Introducing ‘Threads,’ the Twitter Rival by Meta: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started

Meta’s long-awaited competitor to Twitter, known as “Threads,” has finally arrived. This Instagram-integrated application has been in the works since January and is launching amidst a tumultuous period for Twitter.

In recent times, Twitter has experienced a series of transformations led by Elon Musk and the new CEO, Linda Yaccarino. Notably, the platform has recently implemented a rate limit, restricting the amount of content users can read on the platform.

What is Instagram Threads?

 

Instagram Threads is an innovative app introduced by Meta that allows users to share content in a unique way. With Threads, users have the ability to create posts consisting of up to 500 characters, along with the option to include links, photos, or videos lasting up to 5 minutes. The app is seamlessly connected to your Instagram account, and Meta promises a convenient sharing experience by enabling users to effortlessly share Threads posts to their Instagram story or even as a link on any other platform of their choice.

Downloading the app is free and can be done from either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. After installing Threads, the setup process is fairly straightforward, particularly if you’re already familiar with Instagram and Twitter. All you need to do is log in using your Instagram credentials, and you’ll have the option to follow individuals from your Instagram network on Threads.

Once your account is created, you’ll be prompted to choose between keeping it private or public. Your feed will then display content from users you follow on Instagram, as well as posts from native Threads users.

Threads provides users with similar functionalities to Twitter, including the ability to customize settings by blocking specific words and managing who can mention you.

 

Here’s how you can use Threads effectively:

  1. Ensure you have an existing Instagram account.
  2. Your Instagram username will be automatically registered on Threads, but you have the option to change it if desired.
  3. Similar to Instagram and Twitter, Threads allows you to unfollow, report, block, or restrict profiles.
  4. Users can choose to start afresh on Threads or import their following list and personal details from Instagram.
  5. Underneath each Threads post, you’ll find familiar options such as liking, commenting, reposting, and sharing, which are standard features on Twitter.
  6. It’s worth noting that any users blocked on your Instagram app will also be blocked on Threads.

In terms of Meta’s involvement, Threads seems to bring together the best features of both Twitter and Instagram without introducing unnecessary changes or restrictions that have become synonymous with Twitter. While the ultimate success of the app remains to be seen, those seeking an alternative to Elon Musk’s vision of Twitter may find Threads to be a pleasing choice. It’s important to acknowledge that Threads is not Meta’s first venture into this space, and alternative Twitter platforms like Mastodon, Bluesky, and Hive already exist.