Takeaways: Threads is a new software developed by the Instagram team for publishing text updates and participating in public conversations.
You log in with your Instagram account, and postings can be up to 500 characters long, with links, photographs, and videos up to 5 minutes long.
Threads will soon be compatible with the open, interoperable social networks that we believe can define the internet’s future.
- Mark Zuckerberg recently introduced the earliest version of Threads, an app developed by the Instagram team for text-based sharing.
- Threads provide a new, unique location for real-time updates and public conversations, whether you’re a creator or a casual poster.
- Threads are being designed to be compatible with the open, interoperable social networks that we anticipate will determine the internet’s future.
Instagram is a social media platform where billions of people from all over the world connect through photographs and videos. Threads’ mission is to take what Instagram does best and expand it to text, creating a joyful and creative platform for you to express yourself. Threads, like Instagram, allow you to follow and engage with friends and artists who share your interests, including those you follow on Instagram and elsewhere. You can also use our current safety and user controls.
Join the Discussion on Instagram
When they join Threads, everyone under the age of 16 (or under the age of 18 in some countries) is automatically assigned a private profile. You can opt to follow the same accounts you do on Instagram to find additional people who care about the same things you do. Threads support the main accessibility features present on Instagram today, including screen reader support and AI-generated image explanations.
Threads feeds include threads posted by people you follow as well as recommended content from new creators you haven’t yet encountered. Posts can be up to 500 characters long and contain links, images, and videos that are up to 5 minutes long. You may quickly share a Threads post to your Instagram story or as a link on any other channel you like.
Remove the Noise
Threads were developed with features to facilitate healthy, constructive interactions. Within Threads, you have control over who can mention you or respond to you. You can use hidden words, just like on Instagram, to filter out comments to your threads that contain specified terms.
- By pressing the three-dot menu, you can unfollow, block, restrict, or report a profile on Threads, and any profiles you’ve blocked on Instagram will be automatically blocked on Threads.
- Instagram takes safety seriously, as we do with all of our products, and will enforce Instagram’s Community Guidelines on content and interactions on the app.
- Instagram has invested more than $16 billion in establishing the teams and technologies needed to secure our users since 2016 and is still committed to furthering our industry-leading integrity efforts and investments to defend our community.
Interoperable Networks Compatibility
Threads will soon be compatible with ActivityPub, the open social networking protocol developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the organization responsible for the open standards that enable the modern web. This will allow Threads to communicate with other apps that use the ActivityPub protocol, such as Mastodon and WordPress, enabling new forms of connections that are now unavailable on most social apps. Other platforms, such as Tumblr, have stated that they intend to support the ActivityPub protocol in the future.
Instagram is committed to giving you more control over your Threads audience; our objective is to collaborate with ActivityPub to provide you the choice to stop using Threads and move your material elsewhere. others using compatible apps will be able to follow and communicate with others on Threads without having a Threads account, ushering in a new era of diverse and interconnected networks. If you have a public profile on Threads, your postings will be accessible from other apps, allowing you to reach out to new individuals with little extra effort.
If you have a private profile, you’ll be able to accept Threads users who want to follow you and interact with your posts, just like you can on Instagram.
The advantages of open social networking protocols extend far beyond the various methods by which people can follow one another. Developers may create new features and user experiences that can be readily integrated into other open social networks, speeding up the pace of innovation and experimentation.
Each compatible app can establish its own community standards and content management regulations, allowing individuals to choose spaces that reflect their values. We believe that, like the protocols that govern email and the web itself, this decentralized method will play a significant part in the future of online platforms.
Threads is Meta’s first app designed to be compatible with an open social networking protocol; Instagram expects that by joining this rapidly increasing ecosystem of interoperable services, Threads can assist users in finding their community, regardless of which app they use.
What Comes Next?
Threads are now available in over 100 countries on iOS and Android, and users in those countries may get it through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
In addition to working to make Threads compatible with the ActivityPub protocol, You’ll be adding a number of new features soon to help you continue to discover threads and creators you’re interested in, such as improved feed recommendations and a more robust search function that makes it easier to follow topics and trends in real time.
We’re looking forward to hearing your comments as we strive to develop new features and bring exciting new ways to engage on the app.