Threads is the new Twitter-like app from Instagram. It has been in the news for a while and has just been released to the public in many countries.
While testing it, I noticed some cool things you should know about.
Unlike Twitter and Instagram, there are no hashtags on Threads. You can add hashtags, but they behave like text and are not clickable.
No trending topics
Because there are no hashtags, Threads has no trending topic area. It’s like Facebook, where you post stuff and wait for your followers to comment or repost.
Links are clickable
On Instagram, links are only clickable in the bio area. In Threads, you can place links in posts. You can also add a website link in the bio.
Instagram verified are also Threads verified
Users who are verified on Instagram are automatically verified on Threads. Users don’t need to verify their accounts. However, one must sign up on Threads to use it.
Threads allow you to share posts in other apps, but it has a special button to tweet the post. Call it what you will, but I think Threads is trying to tell us something.
The Threads website is a video of circling balls in space. It looks like a tiny galaxy. The website has a barcode to download the app. That’s all the website does.
If you have blocked someone on Instagram, you won’t see them on Threads. This also applies to others who have blocked your account.
The Threads app says the blocklist is applied in both apps and can be managed on Instagram.
You can’t change your Threads username, and your Instagram username is your Threads name. If you like to change it, you will need to change it on Instagram.
Public and private profiles
Like Instagram, Threads lets you make the profile public or private. Public profiles can be seen by anyone, whereas private profiles can be seen by your friends.
Twitter has a similar option called Protect your tweets.
500 Character limit
Threads lets you add up to 500 characters, which is about 80 words. You can add a follow-up post to add any additional words.
You can hide offensive or custom words you don’t want to see on the platform. You can manage the settings in Instagram or the Threads app.
Up to 5-minute videos
You can add up to 5-minute videos in a thread. Uploading longer is possible, but the app will keep the first five minutes.
Instagram is the main hub
Most of your information comes from Instagram, so if you deactivate your Instagram account, your Threads account will automatically deactivate.
It’s just the beginning
It’s just the beginning of this new era. Threads have a lot to bring. Maybe we’ll see it moving away from Instagram, or maybe we will see it not getting much attention. Either way, it’ll be a fun ride.
My name is Madhsudhan Khemchandani. I have a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering (Honours). I have been writing articles on apps and software for over five years. I have also made over 200 videos on YouTube. Read more about me on the About page.