Meta, formerly known as Facebook, will unveil Threads, a new social networking software on July 6. The app is already available for pre-order on the App Store. Threads will be available to Android users soon, according to a Google Play app listing.
Meta Threads is promoted as an Instagram app, and users can sign up with their Instagram accounts. Their usernames, followers, and other account information will be transferred to the new app automatically. According to the app screenshots, it has a user interface similar to Instagram.
Instagram’s text-based conversation tool allows users to like, comment on, repost, and share posts. It also provides threads for more user engagement. Users can also include photographs in their posts.
Threads makes use of ActivityPub, a decentralized social media protocol similar to Mastodon. This indicates that the content of the app is available on many servers. Making it harder for any one entity to control or restrict the material.
The service has a website, although it is currently lacking in content. There is no login page, nor is there any other helpful information. This may change once the app is officially released. Threads’ success is unknown, but it will be interesting to see how it compares against Twitter.
Twitter has been chastised for how it handles misinformation and hate speech, forcing some users to seek alternatives. Threads could be a viable option, particularly for people who currently use Instagram.
Finally, Threads is a new Meta social networking program that will compete with Twitter. It is marketed as an Instagram app, and users can sign up with their Instagram accounts. The software employs ActivityPub threads to improve user engagement. Threads would be fascinating to watch how it performs after it is officially released on July 6 (Thursday).
Threads is called “Instagram’s text-based conversation app,” and users can “say more” with it.
The website says, “Threads is where communities meet to talk about everything from what you care about today to what will be popular tomorrow.”
“No matter what your interests are, you can follow and connect directly with your favorite creators and others who share your passion. You can also build your own loyal following to share your ideas, opinions, and creativity with the world.”
Screenshots on the App Store show that you can find fans, follow the same accounts that other people are following on Instagram, and have conversations that look like Instagram threads.
Meta’s App Store page didn’t give many details, but it’s clear that, like Twitter, users can comment on, repost, and forward items. You can also choose who can react to the things you post.
Threads will also be helpful because its users will be able to use their Instagram links instead of having to start from scratch and build a new community. No matter what, Threads is a separate piece of software.
When can I get it, and where?
It will be out on Thursday, and you can order it now from the App Store.
Threads will work on iPhones and iPod Touches that have iOS 14 or a later version. It won’t work on iPads, which doesn’t come as a surprise since Instagram doesn’t work on Apple’s screens either.
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It was first available on the US App Store, which led to reports that it would only be available in certain places.
On Thursday, it’s not clear when machines will start to download the app.