We’ve known for a long time that Meta is building a competitor to Twitter, but we now have a more solid idea of when it will be available. a existing for the application named Thread has popped up On the iOS App Store with an estimated release date of July 6th. In May, a report came out saying that the microblogging service was nearing completion and could be finished as soon as the end of June. While a launch at the end of June didn’t quite happen, the app may arrive at a time when Twitter users are more willing (maybe even eager) to try an alternative.
Twitter recently set a cap on the number of tweets an unverified account can read per day. In a post, Elon Musk announced that verified accounts — which translates to paying users — can read 6,000 posts per day, while unverified/paying users can only read 600. He said the website is adopting the measure to “handle levels.” maximum data scraping [and] System manipulation. “The average user can easily access 600 posts, so people who didn’t pay $8 to $11 a month for a blue check mark got banned from their feeds as a result.
Meta describes Threads as “Instagram’s text-based conversation app.” Based on the screenshots posted to the list, users can keep their own Instagram handle and follow the same accounts they follow on the photo-sharing platform. This means that users will have pre-existing followers and circles on the new app, giving it an edge over its Twitter competitors. Users will also be able to choose the privacy of their posts and make them visible to anyone, profiles they follow, or only accounts they mention. They will be able to submit and share others’ posts as well.
Previous reports said that Twitter’s Meta competitor would be a decentralized service compatible with Mastodon, but it’s unclear if that will be the case when it launches. We will know for sure in a few days.
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