Twitter vs. Thread: A Comprehensive Comparison of Features, Controversies, and User Satisfaction

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Twitter currently has 450 million users. However, not all of them are satisfied with Twitter’s service. The answer is no. In the US, Twitter ad sales have declined by 59%. Over the past two years, Twitter has lost nearly 7 million users. Additionally, Twitter’s website visits have declined by 7.3%. When Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion, nobody could have anticipated the beginning of Twitter’s decline.

There has been a significant demand for an alternative to Twitter for quite some time. Many alternatives have been developed, such as Mastodon, Hive, Bluesky, and the Indian-made app called Koo. However, none of them have achieved much success.

Twitter has been involved in numerous controversies, including account hacking, the banning of Donald Trump’s account, Wikileaks-related court orders, account suspensions, removal of tweets, and privacy concerns. In recent days, controversies have been triggered when Musk imposed restrictions on Twitter users. Users who have subscribed to Twitter for $8 per month can now see 6000 posts per day, while normal users are limited to 600 posts per day. This led to a lot of controversies.

In India, there is a saying, “Aapda me avsar,” which means “a blessing in disguise.” And there couldn’t have been a more perfect time for Mark Zuckerberg’s company, Meta, to launch a rival app to Twitter called Thread on July 6th. This app is almost similar to Twitter and offers many of the same features. It had been in development since January, and it seems like Zuckerberg was waiting for the perfect moment to launch his “Twitter Destroyer” app. Within hours of its launch, Thread gained millions of users. Mark Zuckerberg claimed that Thread had gained 10 million subscribers in the last seven hours. Prominent personalities and US politicians have also joined Thread.


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Here are some of Thread’s features and how it differs from Twitter: 

Users can post content of up to 500 characters, compared to Twitter’s 280-character limit. They can also post links, photos, and videos up to 5 minutes long, while Twitter users are limited to 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Thread provides easy access as it is currently linked with Instagram. Unlike Twitter, Thread has launched without ads.

Some general questions asked by users include:

What is the Thread app?

 It is a social messaging app that allows people to interact with the world, increase their viewership, and engage in discussions by posting comments, videos, images, and links.

Is the Thread app safe? 

As of now, it is considered safe to use, although there have been some reported privacy concerns. Meta’s Thread app privacy policies reveal that it may collect data on fitness, health, finance, contacts, browsing history, data usage, location, search history, and other information.
What is the Instagram Thread app? 
It is a social messaging app linked with Instagram, developed by Meta.

How do I get the Thread app?

 There are two methods to get the Thread app: First, open Instagram and click on your profile picture on the right side of the app interface. From there, click on the three-dot option on the right side, and you will see an option for Thread. Second, you can go to the Apple Store or Play Store, search for “Threads: An Instagram app,” and download it. After downloading the Thread app, you can log in with your Id and Password of Instagram account.

Why is Thread used?

 Thread is mostly used by those who are dissatisfied with Twitter’s limitations and are seeking an alternative. It fulfills their purposes.

Is Thread like Twitter? 

Yes, you can say that. Thread currently has no ads, and there aresome differences in the interfaces of Thread and Twitter, which is expected as they have different parent companies. On Twitter, you can see what is trending and view your interests in a different interface, while Thread only offers a scrolling-down homepage feature to see the trends. As of now, Thread does not have an option to save drafts of posts, unlike Twitter.

To create a Thread account, it is simple if you already have an Instagram account. Having an Instagram account is a requirement. The future of the social media app war is intriguing, with the market showing Twitter’s loss in stocks and users. Meanwhile, Twitter’s rival app, Thread, poses many challenges for Elon Musk. It will be interesting to see how Musk finds a way to keep Twitter on its platform.

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