Meta’s Threads app has been creating hype over the last few months and it seems we are only days away from being able to try out the Twitter alternative for ourselves.
Since Elon Musk took over Twitter (and ruined it), we’ve seen many similar apps come and go, with the likes of Bluesky and Mastodon gaining traction. However, we suspect that Threads will likely top them all and garner a solid user base from the start.
If you’ve read a lot about Threads and aren’t sure what it really is AND, then we have you covered. On this page, we explain everything you need to know before its launch.
Discussions: what you need to know
So, what exactly is Threads?
Meta confirmed earlier this year that it was “exploring a self-contained decentralized social network for sharing text updates” and explained that the team believes “there is an opportunity for a separate space where creators and characters audiences can share timely updates about their interests.”
Unsurprisingly, the company is basically targeting Twitter and trying to take advantage of the growing number of disaffected users who want the Twitter experience without being tied to Elon Musk’s increasingly bizarre whims.
The concept is pretty straightforward, featuring a fairly familiar interface, meaning it should probably be a smooth transition for Twitter refugees and new users alike. You can log in with your Instagram account and go through your existing follower list to choose exactly who you want to follow on Threads, hopefully avoiding an immediate clutter of your news feed.
You’ll also see the familiar Like, Comment, Repost (in this case maybe re-thread?), and Share buttons at the bottom of each post. Apps researcher Alexander Paluzzi he monitored and shared images of Threads on Twitter and said the app was basically pitched as an “Instagram for your thoughts.”
If you already have an Insta account, your username will be reserved for you on Threads, so once the app is up and running you’ll be able to hop right in and post seamlessly.
Discussions: price and release date
The app will officially release on July 6th of this year, and we are absolutely buzzing. Meta had to work quickly to get it off the ground and it seems like the time has finally come for the text-based app to debut.
We suspected the app was on the horizon after mysteriously appearing on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, although we didn’t think it would happen so soon!
The timing is quite fortuitous considering the current rate capping crisis on Twitter. However, to be fair, when hasn’t there been a crisis of some sort on Twitter lately?
Interestingly, there is currently a nice little easter egg on Instagram that will give you a little ticket to the new app. You just type “threads” into the app’s search bar and a ticket emoji will appear on the right side of the search bar, and when you click on your “ticket” for threads it will appear.
How to download threads
Just because launch day is still a few days away, doesn’t mean you can’t get the app already! Meta launched a countdown site (which has some fun 3D spheres you can fiddle with) and in the left corner of the page is a QR code.
If you scan the QR code with your phone’s camera, it should take you to the respective app store and allow you to “pre-download” the app; essentially so you’ll be notified as soon as it’s officially available, and you’ll have instant access.
If you don’t want to, don’t worry! When you’re ready to start using Threads anytime after July 6, you can simply search for it in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download it.
What is Meta Threads?
The new platform was described by Meta as “a self-contained decentralized social network for sharing text updates.” Meta Threads is a new app that essentially serves as an alternative to Twitter. It will be a place where users can share textual updates and follow people and organizations that are important to them.
Are Instagram threads broken?
No! It’s actually quite the opposite, as Instagram Threads is on track to launch on July 6 and will serve as the text-based part of Instagram. In 2021, Threads was to serve as Instagram’s standalone messaging app, and while that venture has been halted, “new threads” are moving forward as promised.
Will the threads be free?
Yes! Threads will use your existing Instagram account to log in, and since Instagram is free, so is Meta! We’re not sure Meta plans to introduce paid subscriptions Twitter-style, but seeing how the company is trying to capitalize on the bird app’s bad decisions, we highly doubt it will. As it is, Threads will be completely free to use.
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