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Exploring Threads: A Promising Alternative to Twitter?
Exploring Threads: A Promising Alternative to Twitter?

A few days after it's launch, we delve into what we think the current strengths of Threads and areas we think it could be improved.

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Written by Hannah McKernon
Updated over a week ago

Threads, from Facebook and Instagram's parent company Meta, presents itself as a user-friendly alternative to Twitter, offering a familiar interface and ease of use. According to Meta, "Threads is where communities come together to discuss everything from the topics you care about today to what’ll be trending tomorrow."

In the short time since it's launch, Threads has already generated significant buzz and attracted a substantial number of early adopters.


Easy Setup and Familiarity

One of the standout features of Threads is its ease of setup and use. Users will find the platform's interface to be remarkably similar to Twitter, making the transition seamless for those already using the popular microblogging site. The familiar layout and navigation options make it easy for users to get started and find their way around the platform. It is also very easy to set up an account - once you have installed and launched the Threads app, you simply log in with your Instagram account and you can pull information like your bio and feeds to follow from Instagram to your new Threads profile.


From photos and videos to live streaming, the platform supports a wide range of media formats. It also allows users to join or create communities based on shared interests, hobbies, or causes, and - leveraging the power of artificial intelligence - Threads provides personalised content recommendations tailored to each user's interests. All of these features will feel natural and familiar to the user.

Potential for growth

Given the recent challenges faced by Twitter and the early popularity of Meta’s new platform, Threads has the potential to become a significant player in the social media landscape. Users who are dissatisfied with Twitter's current state may find Threads to be a refreshing alternative. The platform's commitment to providing a user-friendly experience could attract a substantial user base seeking a more streamlined and reliable social media platform.

Areas for improvement

Hashtags and search options

While Threads offers a promising alternative, there are certain limitations that need to be addressed for Threads to truly compete with Twitter. One notable drawback is the absence of hashtags and trending topics. This omission makes it challenging for users to discover relevant conversations and engage with like-minded individuals. The lack of discoverability could hinder the growth and engagement potential of the platform.


Another area that requires improvement is the limited analytics and scheduling features. Businesses and content creators rely on these tools to track their performance and plan their content strategy effectively. Without robust analytics and scheduling capabilities, it may be challenging for users to optimise their presence on Threads and measure their success accurately.


And lastly, the user cannot currently post or reply with a gif directly from the app - this needs to be done by adding a GIPHY keyboard or similar to your device. Not essential some may feel, but possibly a little inconvenient, and we do all love a gif don’t we.


With the current challenges faced by Twitter, Threads has the potential to attract a significant user base seeking a more reliable social media platform. To truly establish itself as a viable alternative to Twitter, Threads should consider incorporating features that enhance discoverability, such as hashtags and trending topics, and expanding the analytics and scheduling capabilities.

It is of course early days, and with further development and improvements planned, Threads has the potential to carve out its own space in the social media landscape and meet the needs of those seeking a reliable and engaging social media experience.

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