Thread App: Instagram’s Twitter

Threads App: The New Instagram’s Twitter for Your Close Friends

Meta has launched the Threads Instagram App on 5 July 2023. And the most surprising thing is it crosses 100 million signups in a week. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted that it is mostly organic demand without any promotions. 

Instagram Threads App - crosses 100 million signups

Meta’s Threads has become the most downloaded app ever in social media history. It  beats the records of ChatGPT, TikTok, And Instagram

  • In 2 months, ChatGPT achieved 100 million users.
  • In 9 months, TikTok gained 100 million users.
  • Instagram reached 100 million users in 2.5 years

What is Threads App?

Instagram’s Threads App is a text-based conversation social media platform. It is a Twitter alternative as both platforms have a similar interface and features like reposting, handling replies to view and share public conversations. 

Threads is designed to be a more intimate and personal way to share numerous trending topics with the community. With Threads, you can share a feed of text posts of 500 characters. And the most interesting thing about threads is users can use the same Instagram account and access their followers as it is integrated with Instagram. 

Features of the Instagram Threads App

  • Disappearing Messages: Threads messages disappear after they have been read. This ensures that your privacy is maintained and conversations are not recorded.
  • Status Updates: You can share your status with your friends in the Threads App. This can be anything from your current trends to what’s in your mind or events.
  • Shared Stories: You can create shared stories to express your thoughts with your Threads community. 
  • Sticker Packs: Threads offers a variety of sticker packs to interact with other users quickly and easily.  It has a variety of options like a heart to like the post, quote bubble to reply, repost button, and paper airplane to share the post.
  • Posts & Videos: You can share up to 500 characters posts with links, photos, and videos up to 5 minutes in length. Moreover, Threads posts can be quickly shared to your Instagram story or as a link on any other platform of your choice. 

How to Download Instagram’s Threads App 

Threads App is built by Instagram and it is freely available for iOS and Android devices. It is the top free app in the Apple Store and Google Play Store which is available in more than 100 countries. Furthermore, you can also download it from the official website of Threads App i.e.

How to Create Threads Account in 5 Steps

Step 1: First you need to download the Threads app from iOS or Google Play Store.

Step 2: After installing the Threads App on your mobile phone login to your Instagram account. If you already have an Instagram account, just click on the Instagram icon to log in using that account or switch to another account.

How to create threads account

Step 3: Now, the profile customization option appears on your screen. You can manually add the profile details or click on the “Import from Instagram” button it will automatically get your details from Instagram. After that, click on the “Next” button.

Step 4: In this step, you can choose the privacy settings of your profile. Whether you want to be made a public or private. Moreover, the privacy of Threads App and Instagram is different from each other.

Step 5: Here, you can choose the same accounts that you follow on Instagram by clicking the “Follow All” button. Now, you can see “How Threads Works: guidelines and Ta-da!

Your Official Threads profile is Ready. Now you can search users by clicking the search icon.

How to search the users in threads

How to Use and Create Posts in Threads?

Instagram platform is milder in tone and has a specific image-oriented audience. So, it is difficult to share text-based and incorporate image content directly. With Threads, you can share your thoughts and Instagram stories and people repost your content.

Additionally, Threads has 100 million users so it is flooded with great opportunities to meet them. You’ll find everyone on the Threads such as celebrities, influencers, brands, etc. You can also find other social media platforms on Threads like YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat, and much more. You can manually follow them by clicking on the search icon at the bottom of your feed. Threads also provide the plus sign underneath the profile picture through which you can follow them directly. 

So, you’re all set up!

Let’s Create the First Instagram Threads Posts

  • First, go to the homepage and click on the notepad icon to create the post. 
  • Write the thread by using up to 500 characters, tag other users by using the @ symbol, and add emojis, photos, videos, or links.
  • Now, hit the post button, and voila – your post is ready!
How to create first threads post

Limit the Threads and Replies Options

Threads have given two options to limit the replies – directly from the posts or from the settings option.

  • Before the post button, you’ll get the options that anyone can reply, profiles you follow can reply, and profiles you mention can reply. Choose the options according to your comfort.
Limit the Threads and Replies Options
  • Second Method – Choose the two horizontal lines that are in the top right corner of your profile. Click on the “Notifications” and then select the “Threads and Replies” option. From here you can limit the reply to your threads.
Threads and Replies Options - Instagram Threads App

How to Manage Push Notifications of Threads

Tap on the top right corner of your profile and go to “Settings” to manage the notifications of your account. You can pause all the notifications by swiping the button or choosing a particular option for threads and followers.

How to Manage Push Notifications of Threads

How to Delete the Meta’s Thread Post

To delete the post, click on the 3 dots “…” that appear in the right corner of the thread. The following options are open on the screen – edit, pin to profile, hide like and share count, who can reply and delete. Tap on the “Delete” option and you’re good to go!

How to Delete the Meta’s Thread Post - Threads App

How to Block the Threads Users

If you want to block any of the Thread users. Go to their profile and click on the “…” in the right corner of the profile. Now, you can block, report, and restrict them so that they will not be able to find you on Instagram and Threads.

How to Block the Threads Users

How to Delete or Deactivate the Threads Profile 

You can deactivate or delete your profile from threads so that your content remains hidden from the audience. Your content, likes and followers will not be visible to anyone until you reactivate your account by logging it back. 

For deleting the threads profile, go to Settings, then the “deactivate or delete profile” option, and hit the button.

How to Delete or Deactivate the Threads Profile - Instagram Threads App

Privacy Concerns about the Thread’s Data Collection 

After the launch of the thread, Twitter has started raising questions about its privacy. Many people started posting screenshots of Threads’ privacy policy on different social media platforms. Meta clarifies these statements by saying “Threads, Facebook and Instagram collect the same data depending on how you use the apps and what access you give them.

Is Threads a Competitor to Twitter?

Some people have suspected that Threads could be a competitor to Twitter. However, Threads and Twitter have similar features both focus on text-based conversation. Threads is designed for intimate and personal conversations, while Twitter is designed for public conversations. Twitter posts are visible to anyone who follows you and threads post are only visible to the people who follow you on Threads. It is possible that Threads could attract some users who are looking for a more personal social media experience. Still, it is unlikely to replace Twitter as it is a preferred platform for public discussions.

Threads vs. Twitter

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Wrapping Up!

In conclusion, Instagram has a new dimension with the release of Meta’s Threads app, which gives users a more private and intimate method to interact with their closest friends. With features like disappearing messages, status updates, shared stories, and the option to upload posts and videos, Threads provides a distinctive and easy-to-use social media experience. Instagram is anticipated to add new features and improve the operation of the app as it grows. Though it’s uncertain if Threads will take Twitter seriously as a rival, its focus on private conversations sets it apart and attracts users seeking a more private social networking experience. Check out Threads if you’re seeking a fun new method to interact with your close pals on Instagram. It’s a worthwhile option.

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