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Meta’s Threads is already showing conversations on the web

With Twitter seemingly on its very last legs, it doesn’t come as a big surprise that other social media giants would want to capitalize on the void. Meta is launching Threads, which allows users to write and comment on posts much in the same way as Twitter. Now we have a first look at how Threads will operate, thanks to early users’ profiles showing up on its website.

Instagram head Adam Mosseri has used his first few posts to share more about Thread’s purpose and features, including a photo demonstrating how to limit replies. “We have lots of work to do, but we’re looking to build an open, civil place for people to have conversations,” Mosseri shared in his first post. Threads will eventually include Fediverse integration, a decision Mosseri explained as “you may one day end up leaving Threads, or, hopefully not, end up de-platformed. If that ever happens, you should be able to take your audience with you to another server. Being open can enable that.”

Meta employees like CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Mosseri join celebs like Shakira and Gordon Ramsey and a range of influencers who were given first access to Threads. The limited number of initial users reflects in current follower counts, with most profiles only having a few hundred and Zuckerberg and Mosseri at only a couple thousand.

Threads will be available on the web and for download on the Apple and Google Play App Stores starting the morning of July 6th in the US and UK. It won’t be available across the rest of Europe yet, though, likely due to stricter EU data privacy rules. In the meantime, Meta employees aren’t averse to patting themselves on the back while taking a dig at Twitter, as Meta product designer Peter Franko did in his first post on Threads.

This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/metas-threads-is-already-showing-conversations-on-the-web-120453471.html?src=rss

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