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What is “Threads”,New Twitter Rival, How to Download

The battle for dominance in the social media realm between Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter owner Elon Musk has reached new heights. On Wednesday, Meta unveiled its latest social media platform, called “Threads,” which bears a striking resemblance to Twitter. Within just seven hours of its launch, Threads had already attracted a staggering 10 million users, as reported by Zuckerberg.
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For those who are familiar with Twitter, Threads operates in a very similar manner. Users have a feed where they can view text, photo, or video posts, known as threads, from both the accounts they follow and those they don’t. Text posts on Threads are limited to 500 characters, nearly double the current limit of 280 characters on Twitter. Videos on the platform can be up to five minutes long.

 

 

What is Threads

Just like Twitter, users on Threads have the ability to like, reply, repost, or quote other users’ threads. The platform also offers tools that allow users to control who can mention or reply to their own threads, providing an added layer of security for those who prefer limited interactions on the platform.

To sign up for Threads, users must first download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Android app store. Additionally, having the Instagram app is necessary. Users must be at least 13 years old to create a Threads or Instagram account. Accessing the Threads platform requires an existing Instagram account. If users don’t have one, they can create it through Instagram, and the same account will work on Threads. After creating an account, users have the option to choose between a public or private profile. They can also customize their profile, add a profile picture, and share links to other social media accounts.

For existing Instagram users, Threads provides the option to automatically follow the accounts they already follow on Instagram. If a user hasn’t signed up for Threads yet, they will begin following them once they join the platform. Likewise, their Instagram followers will have the same option to follow them once they join Threads.

Once signed up, users will start seeing a series of threads and can choose whom to follow, like, block, and more. However, unlike Twitter, Threads does not segregate threads from accounts users already follow and threads suggested by the platform’s algorithm. This means that initially, users are likely to encounter threads from accounts they have no interest in. Meta has acknowledged this issue and stated that it is working on creating different tabs to ensure users don’t have to see content from accounts they don’t follow.

While Threads offers tools to protect users from unwanted interactions, Meta does require users to grant the company access to a significant amount of personal data. According to the terms of service, Meta has the right to collect various personal information, including contacts, friends lists, visited websites, GPS data, used apps, played games, demographic details like education level, health information, purchases, and more. Additionally, Meta can share some of this information with third-party advertisers, as disclosed in the data privacy statement on the App Store.

Furthermore, by using Threads, users grant Meta a license to use any content they post, share, or upload without explicit permission. This means that Meta can utilize photos, videos, or text posted by users in various ways, as outlined in the terms of service.

The launch of Threads by Meta represents a significant development in the social media landscape, with its similarities to Twitter and the rapid influx of users within a short span of time. However, the platform’s data collection practices and broad content usage rights raise concerns regarding user privacy and ownership of shared content. As Threads continues to evolve, it remains to be seen how it will shape the social media landscape and how users will respond to its unique features and data policies.

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