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Threads: Meta’s Game-Changing Alternative to Twitter

When it comes to imitating other apps, Meta never disappoints. Following a recent flurry of confusing tweets, Instagram’s answer to Twitter, called Threads, has made its debut.

This new app, now available for iOS and Android, essentially mirrors Twitter but with a touch of Mark Zuckerberg instead of Elon Musk. Posts on Threads can stretch up to 500 characters, a step up from Twitter’s 280 and much more reasonable than Twitter Blue’s extravagant 25,000-character limit. Additionally, Threads permits links, photos, and videos up to five minutes long—twice as lengthy as Twitter’s two and a half minutes, yet still much shorter than the two-hour capability of Twitter Blue.

Meta has already enticed some early adopters to join Threads, including Netflix, Gordon Ramsay, Shakira, Kingsley Coman, Lando Norris, Oscar Piastri, Steven Bartlett, Seth Curry, Gary Vee, and yours truly.

Given Meta’s deep integration into our online lives, signing up for Threads is a breeze. Simply log in using your Instagram account username and password. Your Instagram username will be carried over, but you can customize it later. Unlike other Twitter alternatives, Threads is user-friendly as you won’t have to manually search for everyone you wish to follow—you can conveniently opt to follow the same accounts you already do on Instagram.

How to Sign Up for Threads: Meta’s Alternative to Twitter

Get ready to join the conversation on Threads, Meta’s response to Twitter. The standalone app, dedicated to sharing text updates and participating in public discussions, was launched on July 6.

Created by the Instagram team and seamlessly connected to your Instagram account, Threads offers a reminiscent experience of Twitter, before Elon Musk’s ownership and the controversial decisions that seemed designed to nudge users towards a paid Twitter Blue subscription.

With Threads, you can unleash your thoughts in posts of up to 500 characters. Moreover, you have the freedom to include links, photos, GIFs, and videos lasting up to five minutes—a significant upgrade from the limitations imposed by Twitter.

This exciting app is available for download now on both iOS and Android devices, catering to users in over 100 countries. It has already attracted an astounding 10 million sign-ups within its first seven hours.

If you’re eager to be a part of this thriving community, here’s a simple guide on how to sign up for Threads.

How to sign up to Threads

3-5 minutes.

Your iPhone or Android
and your Instagram login.

Step 1: Get the Threads App – Downloading the App

To start your Threads journey, follow these simple steps. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android device, you can find the Threads app in either the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. Just search for “Threads” and tap on the download button. Don’t worry, the app is free of charge. Alternatively, you can access a direct link to the app store through your Instagram app. Open the Instagram app, tap the three lines in the top right corner to open the Settings menu, then click on “Threads.” This will take you directly to the app store page for Threads.

Step 2: Connect with Instagram – Logging In

Once you have the Threads app installed on your device, open it up. At the bottom of the screen, you will see a button that prompts you to log in with your Instagram account. Tap on this button, and you will be directed to the Instagram login page within the Threads app. If you have multiple Instagram accounts, don’t worry—Threads allows you to switch between them easily. Simply choose the Instagram account you want to use for Threads, and you’re all set to proceed.

Step 3: Create your profile.

From there, you’ll be asked to create a profile, with a picture, a bio, and the option to add links. You can also import your info from Instagram, so whatever is in your current Instagram profile automatically migrates to Threads.

Step 4: Decide whether you want your profile to be public or private.

Threads will then ask you to choose between public and private profiles. With a public account, anyone on or off Threads can see your content. If private, your account will only be available to approved followers.

Step 5: Follow accounts.

You can either instantly follow all the accounts you already follow on Instagram, or choose who to follow manually. If you follow someone who isn’t on Threads yet, they’ll appear as “pending” until they’ve joined.

Step 6: Start exploring!

Your account is now ready to go. You can browse through the home page, follow more accounts, and post your own Threads. If your feed is full of accounts you don’t follow, you can change the settings using this guide. Let’s see how it all works out.

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