You might have heard about the release of the Threads app unless you've been struggling under the weight of human existence. With Twitter seeing a significant exodus of users under the direction of a narcissistic billionaire hell-bent on destroying it, Mark Zuckerberg's army has worked extra hard to fill the void. According to the press release, Threads is a simpler, more streamlined version of Twitter where postings can have up to 500 characters and can contain links, photographs, and videos that are up to five minutes long. It immediately connects to your Instagram account and adds all your followers, verification checkmark, and other customizable profile information.
Will Elon Musk's mishandling of Twitter make the Threads app an appreciated relief for those of us who have grown weary of it? Although it's too soon to know, the responses have been mixed. Musk stated in a tweet that "it is infinitely preferable to be attacked by strangers on Twitter than to indulge in the false happiness of hide-the-pain Instagram."
Threads is a step on the right path, according to psychologist Ruchi Ruuh (@ruchiruuh). She is already convinced by how seamlessly it links a single Meta ecosystem and permits sharing of the information uploaded on Threads to IG stories. In general, it is believed that Twitter's UI is messier and less organized than Threads'. This will be a new beginning for those of us who are only now beginning to harness the potential of social media, according to Ruuh. "How it will affect us on a personal level is entirely dependent on our personality." Threads are a blessing if we are willing to adjust. If new opportunities and activities frighten us, this can lead to worry and the need to stay up."
A coworker posted: "Another app to trigger my social anxiety" in his first thread. Beyond the fear of the unfamiliar, some people also worry whether their favorite TikTok bois will return if the migration of their favorite porn accounts to Threads, and if the expense of premium verification is now justified by separating it into two applications.
Threads have been a long time coming, claims author and consumer products specialist Harnidh Kaur. "Twitter was supposed to be a text-based platform, but in the last few years, it has become incredibly polarized, full of trolls, and the algorithm is being gamed," she explains. "Instagram exists as a visual platform and Twitter was supposed to be a text-based platform."The actions of Elon Musk, who has turned into a parody of the foolish billionaire who believes he's wiser than everyone else, have made the platform's general lack of trust worse.
According to Kaur, users had little choice but to stick with Twitter till a genuine rival emerged. By avoiding all of the invite-only razzmatazz, Threads was able to amass millions of users in a short period. With the information they already had on us, "Meta is also targeting us with a very sophisticated algorithm," says Kaur. "As a platform, Instagram is a masterclass in convincing customers to make a purchase. Additionally, Threads will always have active users because you cannot remove your account without also deleting your Instagram account.
Naturally, there are many worries, as there always are with anything new. With Meta, the entire privacy saga—complete with sporadic data leaks and a lack of openness over the sale of our data to outside parties—remains a disaster. The fact that Instagram has been actively removing sex-positive accounts for the past week and a half doesn't help. On June 29, Wired revealed that the majority of these accounts were those of important players in the sex-positivity field, such as licensed sexuality educators and mental health specialists. Will the Threads app use the same condescending censoring techniques?
"Despite being a certified intimacy coach, my account has been banned multiple times on Instagram and even LinkedIn," claims intimacy coach Pallavi Barnwal, who is located in Noida. There are only so many ways one can avoid using terms connected to sex when giving factual facts about sex positivity if Threads is to encourage all things stated. Without a doubt, we do not need another uncle moral policeman.
While the pro and against Thread camps will compete for supremacy in the days ahead, we're drawing inspiration from Maya Angelou. "Wish for the best, plan for the worst," they say.