Threads, the latest microblogging network from Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has taken the internet by storm, with over 10 million sign-ups in only a few days. It was designed and developed by the Instagram team, offers a distinct yet recognizable user experience that is similar to Twitter.
Threads, dubbed the “Twitter alternative” has several aspects in common with Elon Musk’s latest acquisition. However, being a new platform, it lacks numerous crucial features when compared to its rival, Twitter, which is possibly the most popular microblogging network in the world.
1. There are no hashtags
Threads now lack this distinctive microblogging function, which is how a subject trended on Twitter. However, Meta’s other social media sites, such as Instagram and Facebook, have had hashtag support for many years, and Threads is expected to gain it soon.
2. There is no online version
Twitter is accessible using any web browser. Threads, on the other hand, is now an app-only experience. Although there is an official website Threads.net it solely directs users to the app’s Android or iOS versions.
3. Posts cannot be edited
Twitter’s premium users now have the ability to modify Tweets. At the moment, Meta does not enable Threads users to modify a published post. On the Threads app, a user must either delete or write a new post. Given that this functionality has been accessible on Instagram and Facebook for some time, Threads may gain it in the near future.
4. There is no DM option
Threads does not allow direct messaging on its platform, and it just implemented end-to-end encryption for further privacy. This implies that users will be unable to connect privately with one another.
5. AI-generated alternative text
An alt text, often known as alternative text, is a description of a picture or video. Unlike most social networking networks, Threads does not enable users to alter the alt text. Instead, it now employs computer-generated alternate text, making it less accessible to screen reader users.
6. There are no trending topics
Trending topics are one of the simplest methods to detect breaking news on Twitter, yet Threads currently lacks a threading topic area. The Instagram CEO remarked in an interview with The Verge that Threads is not for “Hard News,” so it may not have a hot topic section very soon.
7. No advertisements
While this may be a positive thing, Threads does not display advertisements, whereas Twitter is now inundated with them. Mark Zuckerberg has also stated that Threads may not receive advertisements until they reach a critical mass of 1 billion users.
8. Threads post cannot be embedded
Want to integrate something valuable from Threads on your blog? That is not possible. There is currently no way to generate an embedded post link in Threads. For a long time, Twitter users have been able to generate embedded post links.
9. There is no feed to follow
Unlike Twitter, which has a “For You” and “Following” feed, Threads simply has a single feed that includes trending posts as well as postings from followers. There is currently no option on Threads to read only postings from people you follow.
10. There is no chronological feed
Although it is not enabled by default, Twitter users can enable chronological feeds. Threads currently has a feed that is created at random.
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