Threads, the new app from Meta has begun delivering a series of updates to refine and enhance the micro blogging site, with the first significant update unveiled by Cameron Roth, a developer on the Threads team, earlier this week.
Threads experienced a remarkable debut with a staggering number of users signing up in its initial release. While user engagement is said to have declined, the Meta team behind Threads understands that cultivating a dedicated user base will take time.
The latest iOS update introduces exciting new features to Threads. These include post translations for foreign languages and a follows tab, though different from Twitter’s version. Threads’ follows tab displays a list of your followers and allows filtering for quotes and reposts related to your posts. Moreover, users can now subscribe to accounts they don’t wish to follow to receive post notifications.
Additionally, the update enhances the app’s loading speed and overall functionality, ensuring a smoother and more enjoyable user experience, as highlighted by Cameron Roth, the developer behind the improvements.
Throughout Wednesday, Roth confirmed that the update would gradually reach all Threads users. If the new features aren’t visible by the end of the day, he suggested restarting the app.
However, some notable features like a chronological feed, searchable hashtags, and direct messaging are still missing. Hopefully, the Threads team is actively working on incorporating these elements as well.
Threads initially gained popularity due to its seamless integration with Instagram, allowing users to quickly join a thriving community. Moreover, recent disruptions on Twitter after Elon Musk’s acquisition in October have led many frustrated users to explore alternative social media platforms. Whether Threads will become that alternative remains uncertain at this early stage.