55 million downloads in a day!!! Seems like the world is accepting Threads as the best Twitter alternative. This hashtag-free social media platform allows you to write text posts or even share photos and videos.
And of course, there are likes, comments, shares and reposts (not retweets). If you haven’t joined Threads yet, hurry up!
While joining this platform is just as easy as it can be, the real question is why you should join Threads. How is it different from Twitter?
Mark Zuckerberg’s Threads, in contrast to Elon Musk’s Twitter, does not appear to use hashtags. It allows users to share a maximum of 10 photos within a single post, whereas the blue-bird app restricts the number of images to four.
And there are other major differences too!
Let’s Talk About Price First
Threads is completely free to download, meaning that all of its features are accessible free of cost. You’ll find no advertisements on Threads. Sigh!
Although this situation may change in the future, you can enjoy this ad-free platform for the time being.
On the other hand, Twitter does have advertisements. Also, Twitter Blue costs a monthly payment of $8 or a yearly payment of $84. Some features are only reserved for the “Twitter Blue” subscription tier.
You Can Write More On Threads
When it comes down to it, both Twitter and Threads serve a similar purpose: Allowing you to share short messages that others can see and interact with. Whether it’s sharing updates, writing complaints, cracking jokes, posting song lyrics, venting frustrations, and whatnot. You can pretty much express anything that’s on your mind.
But the difference is… The character limits.
The platform you have just joined which is, Threads gives you a generous 500-character limit, while Twitter sticks with a shorter 280-character limit. Approximately double of Twitter. So, enjoy writing more on Threads.
Ah, The Verification Part
When you scroll through your Threads feed, you might come across those fancy blue checkmarks next to some account handles. Those checkmarks are there to let you know that the user is verified. And here’s the interesting part: Threads verification is actually linked to Instagram. So, if you’re already verified on Instagram, that verification carries over to Threads. Pretty cool, right?
Now, let’s shift gears to Twitter’s verification system. It’s complicated. Before Elon Musk took over the microblogging platform, the verification guidelines were similar to Instagram, based on your public standing. But we all know things have changed. With a Twitter Blue subscription, you can actually buy yourself a verification badge. Yep, you read that right! It’s like having a shiny badge that says, “Hey, I’m verified!”
However, there are some exceptions to it. Government accounts get a cool grey checkmark, and certain established organisations and news outlets are lucky enough to get a gold checkmark on their profiles.
The Most Important Is The Messaging Part
It’s quite straightforward both in Threads and Twitter. The latter has its own in-app messaging system, whereas the former does not.
With Elon’s messaging platform, you can easily communicate with your mutuals or any user (depending on their privacy settings) in various ways. You can send text messages, share images and GIFs, and even exchange voice messages. Plus, you have the option to directly share a tweet with another user through messages.
Threads, as we mentioned earlier, doesn’t offer an in-app messaging feature. While you can share a Thread with someone by sending them a text or tagging them in the comment section of the post, there isn’t a dedicated messaging option within the Threads app. So, if you want to connect with a Threads user and have a conversation, your best bet would be to slide into their Instagram DMs.
Some Quick Facts to Catch Up
- The new platform is available in more than 100 countries, including India. However, its release is postponed in the European Union.
- You have the freedom to decide who is allowed to reply to your threads: everyone, only followers, or specifically those mentioned in the post.
- There’s no limit to adding threads. You can add as many threads as you want in any given post.
- Threads reportedly collects sensitive data such as web browsing history, physical addresses, health and fitness information, and other personal contact details that Twitter does not collect.
- The platform is designed for individuals who are 12 years of age or older.
Elon Musk’s Reaction to Threads Launch
Twitter has issued a legal warning to Meta regarding Threads, within a day of its release. In a letter addressed to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, has alleged that Meta has employed numerous former employees of Twitter, thus using the trade secrets of the social media platform.
“Twitter intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights, and demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information,” the lawyer wrote in the letter.
Meanwhile, Musk replying to a news article, wrote “Competition is fine, cheating is not.”
The world has accepted Threads with open arms. 55 million downloads in just a day speak volumes about the platform’s appeal and potential. Now, it’s exciting to see how Threads evolves into a valuable asset for both individuals and businesses alike.