Elon Musk’s Twitter turnaround has sparked a demand for an alternative — and Meta may be the one to provide it.
Many Twitter users have been searching for a new home since Elon Musk bought the platform — and one of Twitter’s main social media rivals is offering them a new home.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, is launching its Twitter rival Threads on Thursday, and it’s already available for pre-order at the Apple Store.
A Threads website, which has a QR code to download the app, also shows a countdown timer, which will reach 0 on Thursday this week.
Billed on the Apple App Store as “Threads, an Instagram app,” the text-based conversation app will be linked to a user’s Instagram account.
The description states, “Threads are where communities come together to discuss everything from the topics you care about today to what will be trending tomorrow,” which makes it unlike any other text-based Doesn’t separate from social media apps.
Questions have been raised over Musk’s management of Twitter ever since he bought the company in a $44 billion (€40.38 billion) deal, but later tried to back down.
Users who are fed up with the changes — ranging from requiring payment to not requiring identification for verification to limiting the number of tweets users can see in a day — are flirting with a number of alternative apps. Are.
The leading contenders for Twitter’s micro-blogging crown still have a number of challenges to overcome.
Mastadon still hasn’t been able to match Twitter’s simple and user-friendly interface. Hive Social does not have the required number of users. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s BlueSky app has a huge waiting list, but many of those who have signed up haven’t been given access yet.
Sources: What We Know So Far
So what do we know about threads? Not much, although screenshots on the Apple App Store provide some clues.
Users will be able to sign up and use their Instagram username, and find and follow the same accounts they follow on Instagram.
The posts — which are presumably called threads — look similar to tweets, and users can like, reply to, repost, and share posts. They will also be able to limit the audience for their posts.
Given that threads are linked to Instagram accounts, this means that Instagram’s user base of over 1 billion monthly active users will have quick and easy access to an account without the need to grow their followers from scratch. .
The appearance of Threads on the App Store comes just days after Musk announced a limit on the number of tweets users can view each day. This appears to have led to disruptions across much of the platform, including the shutdown of the popular TweetDeck app.
Musk’s reasoning was that Twitter was seeing “excessive levels of data scraping and system manipulation”. More than 7,500 people at one point reported problems using the platform, based on complaints lodged on DownDetector, a website that tracks outages online.