In the era of social media dominance, Twitter has stood out as one of the leading platforms for sharing short and concise thoughts. However, the introduction of Threads by Meta has sparked a debate among users about which app is the best.
In this blog post, we will delve into the Twitter vs. Threads showdown, exploring their features, benefits, and limitations, to help you determine which option suits your content needs.
Twitter Vs Threads
Meta launched Threads, a text-based app linked to Instagram, on Wednesday. In less than 24 hours after its introduction, the app had over 30 million users.
According to Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri, Twitter’s “volatility” and “unpredictability” under Elon Musk created an opportunity for rivalry.
According to LEADERSHIP, Twitter’s owner, Elon Musk, removed free legacy verified check marks of many important people and made them available through Twitter Blue, a paid subscription service.
Other recent adjustments implemented by Musk include limiting the number of tweets that individuals may view and how they can view them.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Meta, who lost his legacy verified check mark, poked fun at Elon Musk in his first tweet in 11 years after Threads was created.
Threads is extremely similar to Twitter in many aspects, yet it also has some distinct features.
Twitter Vs Threads: Here are nine areas of contention
- For now, there is no paid verification on Threads, as on Musk’s version of Twitter. Those that have blue ticks on Instagram, however, have that verification transferred over to Threads.
- You cannot configure Threads to display just postings from users you follow. Threads Display posts from accounts you do not follow in addition to those you do. Meanwhile, on Twitter’s timeline, you can browse tweets from people you follow (following) or tweets from other Twitter users (for you).
- Unlike Twitter, which is not linked to any other app, you cannot delete your Threads profile without also deleting your Instagram account.
- There is no way to search for postings in Threads. The search mechanism in Threads now only allows you to find user accounts. Instagram says, “We’ll be adding a number of new features to help you continue to discover threads and creators you’re interested in, including improved recommendations in feed and a more robust search function that makes it easier to follow topics and trends in real-time.”
- Threads is not yet accessible internationally. Threads is currently unavailable in European Union countries due to “complexities with complying with some of the laws coming into effect next year,” which appears to be a reference to the EU’s Digital Markets Act.
- Only available on mobile. Threads is presently available solely as a mobile app, whereas Twitter is available on both mobile and desktop devices.
- No direct messaging because Threads does not have direct messaging capabilities, unlike Twitter.
There will be no hashtags or trending topics. Threads claims to be a “conversational app,” however it does not highlight pertinent subjects or use hashtags. Twitter is well-known for its trending topics and hashtag usage.
- There will be no photo filters. Thread users have already complained about the app’s lack of photo filters. Twitter users can choose from nine different photo filters.
Twitter threatens to sue Meta over Threads
Twitter has threatened to sue Meta for establishing Thread, a “copycat” social media site that Instagram introduced on Wednesday.
Twitter claims in a stop and desist letter addressed to Meta that the social media company stole its staff to create Thread, a standard Twitter clone.
Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro accused the business in the letter written to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg of “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.”
“Twitter intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights, and demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information,” Spiro said in a letter obtained exclusively by Semafor and quoted by Tekedia.com.
“Twitter reserves all rights, including, but not limited to, the right to seek both civil remedies and injunctive relief without further notice to prevent any further retention, disclosure, or use of its intellectual property by Meta.”
The letter claims that Meta employed dozens of ex-Twitter workers who “had and continue to have access to Twitter’s trade secrets and other highly confidential information.”
Spiro also accused Zuckerberg of stealing trade secrets from former Twitter employees and assigning them to develop “Meta’s copycat ‘Threads’ app with the specific intent that they use Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property in order to accelerate the development of Meta’s competing app, in violation of both state and federal law as well as those employees’ ongoing obligations to Twitter.”