- Meta's new app Threads adds 'Following' tab, allowing users to see chronologically ordered posts from those they follow.
- The Threads update now allows for feed sorting by follows, quotes, and reposts, with additional features like post translations and easy access to liked posts.
- Despite comparisons to Twitter's layout, Threads promotes itself as a more positive platform for communities less engaged with Twitter.
Meta, the conglomerate behind the trailblazing social media platforms, has unveiled a much-anticipated feature for its recent creation, Threads: the "Following" tab. This development was announced on Tuesday and it's stirring up quite a buzz in the social media world.
This latest addition enables users to engage with posts from the people they follow in a seamless chronological sequence. This contrasts the otherwise chaotic content that is algorithmically generated under the "For you" tab. It's no secret that users had been lobbying for this feature, with their requests directed towards Meta executives, including Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO, and Instagram's head honcho, Adam Mosseri.
In response to the fulfillment of this request, Zuckerberg whimsically posted, "Ask and you shall receive," further highlighting the company's commitment to meet user needs. The new Threads update doesn't stop here; it's now possible to sort the "Activity" feed according to follows, quotes, and reposts. Additionally, users can access their liked posts in the settings and have the option to translate posts written in other languages.
Many keen observers have highlighted that the "For you" and "Following" tabs bear a striking resemblance to Twitter's layout, more so after its recent transformation by tech mogul Elon Musk. The similarity extends to Threads having a look and feel analogous to Twitter, incorporating many of its iconic features like character limits. Threads, however, is projected as a more positive platform for communities who never quite clicked with Twitter.
The launch of Threads on July 5 was timely, coinciding with Twitter's technical hitches and controversial rate limit policies. As a result, the app quickly skyrocketed to a staggering 100 million users. Despite a slowdown in engagement, Meta confirmed on Tuesday that it's working tirelessly to expedite the introduction of new features on Threads.
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