Meta Threads is a new social messaging app that allows users to post short messages that others can like, share, and comment upon.
Essentially, this is the platform that will be competing against Twitter.
I downloaded the Threads app on my phone after furiously trying to find it in a web browser on my computer. I am frustrated that I had to download an app and sign up inside the app. Then it asked me if I wanted to import things from Instagram, like my bio, photo and links. I said, ok, that’s easy enough. Then it asked me if I want to follow the same people who I follow on Instagram, so I said yes. However, right now, most people are either not using Threads yet, OR their profiles are private because I have a LONG list of names that say “Confirm” and “Hide.” When I tap “Confirm,” it says I have requested to follow that person. I assume it will alert that person and ask them to download the Threads app. I do not like that and will not be clicking to confirm any other account.
So will Threads take off?
Well, Politico claims there were more than 10 million sign-ups in just seven hours.
Here are some key features of Meta Threads:
- Text-based: Posts can be up to 500 characters long and include links, photos, and videos up to 5 minutes.
- Clean interface: Threads boasts a simple, clean interface, emphasizing sharing text and simple photos.
- Owned by Meta: Meta is the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, and Threads is their new “conversation” app that appears to be the firm’s long-awaited counterpart to Twitter
The little icon at the top of the app looks like the @ symbol to me, which doesn’t make sense. Right now my screen has a black @ symbol at the top and is then just blank. I find this confusing.
Meta Threads is a direct competitor to Twitter, and it has been described as a cleaner, friendlier version of the platform.