While Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg’s cage match may happen when elephants start laying eggs, the battle between Twitter and Meta Threads has come to the fore in a very short time. This week Instagram of social media giant Meta Platforms Inc. officially launched Threads, an application designed, developed and planned to tackle the already popular Twitter, an online social media and social networking service providing a microblogging application .
What are Meta Threads?
Threads by Meta is a recently launched app which allows users to share their status, photos and videos with their close friends. Twitter’s rival app is a kind of private version of Instagram but with more features.
Users can also chat with their friends, send emojis and watch their stories. Threads could directly compete with Twitter as it is officially declared as a step to destroy the monopoly of microblogging platform Twitter.
labeled as a text chat app, Threads by Meta is accessible to pre-existing Instagram users. The platform is more like Twitter in terms of format, dynamics and even nomenclature – Threads on Twitter are nothing but a series of tweets in sequence posted from a single account. With the global drama of Twitter’s acquisition, Elon Musk tweeted about the platform’s credibility and criticism in a fun way. Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, challenged the effectiveness of Musk’s latest acquisition with a big claim – failed.
Meta’s Threads, in its early days, pocketed more than 30 million users in its first hours. But it is still likely to find a place on every cellphone user’s homepage besides Twitter. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri asked Threads to post that several core features such as hashtags, ads, and direct messages have yet to be added to the platform.
Twitter vs Threads vs Instagram – Features at a Glance
All three social media platform giants are at loggerheads when it comes to user interface and user experience (UI/UX) with their features, installs, and homepage display. Here is a quick chart:
|Features||Discussions by Meta|
|Character limit||500||280 for non-paying users, 25000 for paying subscribers||2200|
|Verification||For now, only if you are verified on Instagram||$11 per month for mobile||$11 per month for mobile|
|Multiple accounts||Multiple accounts||Possible||Possible|
|Possibility of private account||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Feed options||main wire||Trending, Timeline, People Following You||Trending, Timeline, People Following You|
|Direct Messages||Not yet||Yes||Yes|
|Editing the message||Not possible||Paid subscribers only||Possible|
|Desktop option||Not yet||Yes||Yes|
|NSFW Content Authorization||Forbidden||Forbidden||Forbidden|
Apart from the facilities and features mentioned in the comparison table, the media posts on Twitter and Threads by Meta are different from each other. Although users can post links to websites, audio-visual content and images on both platforms, they can also have GIFs. In other words, on Threads, one can post more images and videos at a time. Additionally, the bluebird limits users to having four items per tweet; on the other hand, the Threads app will allow users to share 10 items through a single post, which is equal to the limit of carousel posts on the Instagram app.
Commitment and opinions
Discussions or Twitter: who is the winner?
In the Meta Threads vs. Twitter battle, the winner so far is Twitter, but that might be temporary as Threads is still in beta and has a lot of features and installs pending. Meta would roll out the features one by one and might make it better than Twitter in times to come. Both platforms could prove the immense potential to spread the word to millions of users globally for business. They can even rent best social media app developers to create one of their own.
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