Threads v. Twitter: What to know about Meta's new social media service
It looks like Twitter, feels like Twitter and works a lot like Twitter — and that's exactly the point of Meta's new app.
- "Feels like the beginning of something special, but we've got a lot of work ahead to build out the app," he added.
The impact: "Meta only needs 1 in 4 Instagram users to use Threads monthly for it to be as big as Twitter," according to Insider Intelligence principal analyst Jasmine Enberg.
- "And Meta has the scale, resources, and execution strategy to make that happen. The simplicity of the onboarding process, the app’s easy-to-use interface, and Meta’s promise of a saner, kinder place than Twitter have already supercharged signups."
Zoom in: Here's what to expect if you join:
- It's completely free, whereas Twitter now offers a basic version for free and a paid option with more features.
- Much like Twitter, you can tag other people using the @ symbol, post text updates and upload photos and videos.
- You get more characters — up to 500 to be exact — compared with Twitter's 280 for non-paying customers.
- The aesthetic is similar: "Threads looks nearly identical to Twitter in many ways," the NYT observes.
Between the lines: You need an Instagram account to have a Threads account — and your Threads handle will be your Instagram handle.
- Your Instagram can be private, but your Threads can be public.
- Unlike Twitter, which recently began limiting non-paying users to viewing 1,000 tweets a day, you don't have to pay to keep scrolling: "Threads imposes no limit or boundaries, whether you’re verified or not," WSJ reports.
Yes, but: There are some obvious limitations from the start.
- Threads has no search capability for content and does not have a direct-messaging feature, which is peculiar because messaging is so integral to Meta's Faceb0ok, WhatsApp and Instagram.
- Also for now "you can’t see a feed of just the people you follow or a purely chronological feed," WSJ reports.
Between the lines: Meta's launch builds on Instagram's massive installed base, giving it a big head start in the derby to offer alternatives to Twitter users disenchanted by Musk's management, Axios Login co-author Ryan Heath writes.
- Threads also offers the advertisers the ability to target Facebook, Instagram and Threads users under one roof.
- "Although there are no ads on the platform just yet," CNN notes.
The bottom line: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in this case it's intended to eat away at Twitter's user base.
- It's no surprise that Twitter is already threatening legal action.