Instagram’s Twitter Competitor, Threads is Now Available

If you’re looking for a new social media platform either as added variety or perhaps to move away from Elon’s current version of Twitter, Threads has arrived. The Meta-owned app launched this morning and is now available for users on Android and iOS.

Threads has some very similar features to Twitter. Not only is the layout familiar but the experience is meant to be quick and social. You’ll be able to see instant updates on what happening around the world and with the users you follow.

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When signing up for Threads, the experience is fairly easy. It will automatically ask you to log in using your Instagram profile and import all your data such as your profile picture and bio. You can also choose to create your own new bio for the app too. You can then automatically follow the accounts you follow on Instagram too.

The sign-up process took me a whole 2 minutes to get going and I was even greeted by a wall of familiar faces thanks to the automatic follow system. The app features a main feed which is propagated with content the platform recommends as well as users you follow.

On Threads, you can create text-based posts with up to 500 characters. You can also share videos and photos. Videos can be up to 5 minutes long. It also has the ability to limit words, mute words and even carry your blocked accounts over from Instagram.

At launch, Threads is missing a number of features which many might look for. There’s seemingly no hashtag feature so you can sort the content you create and tag it with a certain trend. You also can’t post using gifs or any content provided by Threads. Everything you create and share relies on your own media and engagement from the algorithm.

If you’re looking to sign up for Threads, you can download the app from the Android Play Store here and iOS App Store here. You can also follow the GLITCHED account here. Keep in mind that Threads is not available in the European Union yet.

Marco is the owner and founder of GLITCHED. South Africa’s largest gaming and pop culture website. GLITCHED quickly established itself with tech and gaming enthusiasts with on-point opinions, quick coverage of breaking events and unbiased reviews across its website, social platforms, and YouTube channel.

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