Threads Social Network Gets First Major Update

The Threads social network from Meta today received its first significant update that introduces a range of new features that improve the functionality of the social network. Updates include a tab for seeing who follows you so you can follow them back, an option to subscribe to unfollowed users, improvements to activity feed loading times, and translation option to translate posts that are in a different language.

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Instagram software engineer Cameron Roth shared a full list of new features on Threads.

- 👓 translations!
- 👥 follows tab on activity feed
- 🔔 subscribe to unfollowed users
- ❤️ activity feed scrolling + loading improvements
- 👀 following + on thread replies page
- 👆 tappable reposter labels
- 📸 open the IG followers list
- 🔧 a few small crash fixes. we're now at 0.02%📉
- 🔪 more binary size cuts
- 🐞 a handful of other small bugs

While there is a Threads update available in the App Store, the updates are being pushed server-side. To see the new features, users may need to restart their app and also wait some time for the features to be fully released to everyone. Full availability of the new features may be delayed until tonight for some users.

Threads saw more than 100 million downloads during the first week after launch, and while the number of daily active users has since fallen, it still has millions of users less than two weeks after it debuted. Instagram head Adam Mosseri over the weekend said that "growth, retention, and engagement" are ahead of where he expected, and that the focus now is on "building new features, dialing in performance, and improving ranking."

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg similarly said that "10s of millions of people now come back daily" and for the rest of the year, the company plans to focus on "improving the basics and retention."

Threads can be downloaded from the ‌App Store‌ for free. [Direct Link]

Note: A prior version of this story suggested that the follows tab was to see posts from people you followed. Cameron Roth has clarified that this is incorrect, and that the "follows tab" is simply a place to see who you are following on threads.

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Apple Fan 2008 Avatar
13 months ago
This thing will die in a couple weeks.
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13 months ago
Am I the only one who thinks Threads App is just boring?
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13 months ago

This thing will die in a couple weeks.
It’s already dying. Spam Bots are everywhere.

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13 months ago

People hate Musk... but love Zuckerberg?
So my take on this is, even though Zuckerberg is definitely the only executive people attach to Facebook, when you go to the site it you wouldn't know it. He runs the show, but he isn't the show. When Musk took over Twitter, he was Twitter. He gamed the algorithm so that he showed up in your feed constantly (from what I read he even force unblocked himself from feeds.) He changed the logo for some time based on one of his inside jokes. He makes sure that he is Twitter.

You can hate Zuckerberg but still forget about him when you use Facebook/Threads/Instagram/WhatsApp. Musk won't let that happen with Twitter.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bigjnyc Avatar
13 months ago

Twitter will for all intents and purposes be dead by the end of this year.

I got a kick out of Twitter being Elon’s financial Vietnam.
False... Threads will die well before twitter does.
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Born Again Avatar
13 months ago
I’m just rooting for Elon to fail.

Can’t stand him and Twitter.
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