Last Updated 7 months by Emily Standley-Allard
ICYMI, Mark Zuckerberg of Meta has created a new app called Threads, an app built by the Instagram team for sharing with text. Whether you’re a creator or a business, Threads offers a new, separate space for real-time updates and public conversations.
You may see some similarities between Threads and the Twitter platform which has brought about a recent lawsuit by Elon Musk. Hype or facts?
According to Meta they are currently working toward making Threads compatible with the open, interoperable social networks that they believe can shape the future of the internet.
Instagram as we well know, and that is owned by Meta, is where billions of people around the world connect over photos and videos.
Meta’s vision with Threads is to take what Instagram does best and expand that to text, creating a positive and creative space to express your ideas. Just like on Instagram, with
Threads you can follow and connect with friends and creators who share your interests – including the people you follow on Instagram and beyond.
And you can use their existing suite of safety and user controls.
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Here’s how to get started with Threads: simply use your Instagram account to log in.
Your Instagram username and verification will carry over, with the option to customize your profile specifically for Threads.
Everyone who is under 16 (or under 18 in certain countries) will be defaulted into a private profile when they join Threads.
You can choose to follow the same accounts you do on Instagram, and find more people who care about the same things you do.
The core accessibility features available on Instagram today, such as screen reader support and AI-generated image descriptions, are also enabled on Threads.
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Compatible with Interoperable Networks
Soon, Meta is planning to make Threads compatible with ActivityPub, the open social networking protocol established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the body responsible for the open standards that power the modern web.
This would make Threads interoperable with other apps that also support the ActivityPub protocol, such as Mastodon and WordPress – allowing new types of connections that are simply not possible on most social apps today.
Other platforms including Tumblr have shared plans to support the ActivityPub protocol in the future.
Meta says they’re committed to giving you more control over your audience on Threads – their plan is to work with ActivityPub to provide you the option to stop using Threads and transfer your content to another service.
According to Facebook.com, Meta’s vision is that people using compatible apps will be able to follow and interact with people on Threads without having a Threads account, and vice versa, ushering in a new era of diverse and interconnected networks.
If you have a public profile on Threads, this means your posts would be accessible from other apps, allowing you to reach new people with no added effort.
If you have a private profile, you’d be able to approve users on Threads who want to follow you and interact with your content, similar to your experience on Instagram.
The benefits of open social networking protocols go well beyond the ways people can follow each other.
Developers can build new types of features and user experiences that can easily plug into other open social networks, accelerating the pace of innovation and experimentation.
Each compatible app can set its own community standards and content moderation policies, meaning people have the freedom to choose spaces that align with their values.
Meta believes this decentralized approach, similar to the protocols governing email and the web itself, will play an important role in the future of online platforms.
Threads is Meta’s first app envisioned to be compatible with an open social networking protocol – we hope that by joining this fast-growing ecosystem of interoperable services, Threads will help people find their community, no matter what app they use.
Meta has rolled out Threads in more than 100 countries for iOS and Android, and people in those countries can download the app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
In addition to working toward making Threads compatible with the ActivityPub protocol, soon Meta will be adding a number of new features to help you continue to discover threads and creators you’re interested in, including improved recommendations in feed and a more robust search function that makes it easier to follow topics and trends in real time.
Have you signed up for Threads yet? Do you think Elon will get his way and have the app deleted?
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