Meta Launching New Social Network Threads to Compete with Twitter

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Collected

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, is planning to launch Threads, a new social network that will compete with Twitter, which has imposed new limits on its users.

According to the US press, Meta is set to announce the debut of Threads next Thursday, which would allow digital discussions to be held in real time, although the application is currently available in early access mode in application stores such as the Play Store.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg had been planning the launch of a social network for real-time online conversations for a long time that would compete with Twitter, a platform that, despite the ups and downs and restrictions it has faced since its acquisition by part of South African billionaire Elon Musk, continues to seem irreplaceable.

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Elon Musk recently announced the imposition of daily limits on the quantity of posts users can read, creating outrage among Twitter users.

Since Musk purchased Twitter last year, he has imposed various formulas to make the company profitable, such as charging for verified accounts, which have proven to be a disaster, forcing him to return the status of “verified” to important accounts without having paid for it.

It also altered the Twitter service by changing the algorithm that determines which messages are most visible, removing content moderation regulations that ban certain sorts of tweets, and overhauling the user verification procedure.

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In theory, the Threads program will be linked to the Instagram platform, allowing Instagram users to follow the same persons they follow on the platform to submit photographs and videos under the same username.

What is Threads?

Threads is described as “Instagram’s text-based conversation app,” in which users may “say more”.

“Threads is where communities come together to discuss everything from the topics you care about today to what’ll be trending tomorrow,” according to the website.

“Whatever your interests are, you can follow and connect directly with your favorite creators and others who share your passion – or build your own loyal following to share your ideas, opinions, and creativity with the world.”

Screenshots on the App Store show capabilities like finding followers, being able to follow the same accounts that are being followed on Instagram, and having dialogues that are similar to Instagram threads.

Meta’s App Store listing provided few details, but it’s evident that users can comment to, repost, and forward posts, much like Twitter. You can also select the audience who can respond to your postings.

Another advantage Threads will have is that its users would already have their Instagram connections to draw from, rather than having to start from scratch and develop a new community. Regardless, Threads is a stand-alone software.

When and where can I get it?

It will be available on Thursday and can be pre-ordered on the App Store right now.

Threads will be compatible with iPhones and iPod Touches running iOS 14 or later. It will not be available for iPads, which is not surprising given that Instagram is also not available on Apple’s tablets.

It was initially released on the US App Store, sparking rumors that it will have a restricted release.

It is unknown when devices will begin downloading the app on Thursday.

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