Threads has landed, Instagram’s Twitter killer app

Threads is now live.

Mark Zuckerberg has launched Threads, a clone of Twitter designed to lure people away from Elon Musk’s $44 billion ‘plaything’.

Many social media users are eager for a serious Twitter replacement triggered by a series of disastrous events culminating in the extortionate charges for API access which has decimated third party developers.

While Mastodon and Bluesky have seen climbing numbers, neither has reached single-digit millions of users. After the launch, Zuckerberg posted on Threads that the new social network passed 5 million sign ups in the first four hours.

Threads is very similar to Twitter in many ways. You can write short posts of up to 500 characters with links, photos, and brief videos.

What’s more interesting is that Threads has decentralized ambitions. In time, we will be able to plug our Threads posts into Mastodon and other social media platforms courtesy of compatibility with the ActivityPub protocol. ActivityPub provides a client/server API for creating, updating, and deleting content, as well as a federated server-to-server API for delivering notifications and content.

Besides compatibility with ActivityPub, Threads really needs a desktop version. As things stand, it’s strictly only for Android and iOS.

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9 months ago

Social media sites are based on trust.

Twitter has recently lost its trust. Instagram lost it ages ago.

9 months ago

Have your right arm or left leg amputated – great choices here.