What is ‘Threads’?
Meta launched Threads early on July 5, 7pm (Eastern time) and the social media community has gone wild! Cited as Twitter’s rival, the app is off to a running start.
⏰ 2 million users in 2 hours
⏰ 10 million users in 7 hours
⏰ 44 million users in 24 hours
Meta promotes this new platform as a place where you can “follow and connect directly with your favourite creators and others who love the same things.”
Limited to iOS and Android, with no web-accessible version yet, the platform has experienced unprecedented popularity.
Here’s everything you need to know:
- Users who log with their Instagram handle are assigned a badge number, denoting your user number. Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg holds the coveted “1” badge.
- Instagram seems to be coveting a “low” badge number on the platform in order to entice users to sign up to Threads early.
- Upon signing up via Instagram, a user’s data is automatically imported (Instagram bio and photo). You can also opt to follow everyone that you already follow on Instagram, speeding up the individual platform “growth” process.
- Meta says it has no plans to monetise Threads this year, that means no paid opportunities for brands to advertise. A well planned organic content strategy will be KING on Threads.
- Threads can be cross posted on Instagram as a Story.
- Verification for accounts on Instagram will be rolled over to those accounts on Threads.
Threads: a new Twitter?
- The timeline feels like Twitter and Tumblr had a child! The engagement heavy interface currently skews toward new audiences in a user’s “feed”. There’s currently no option to view only users you follow.
- Breaking news or instant updates? Unlike Twitter, Threads currently has no chronological timeline.
- Creatives are “excited” by the platform and the potential for new exposure.
- Posts can be up to 500 characters long and include links, photos, and videos up to 5 minutes in length.
- The functionality is currently in infancy: no hashtags, no edit buttons, no direct messaging option, and the search function is limited to user handles.
- Content is moderated by Instagram’s existing privacy standards. There are public or private profile options, and private is selected by default for under 18s (though this can be changed).
- Threads has been launched in 100 countries but none of those are part of the EU, due to regulatory uncertainty.
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