Threads passes 2 million downloads in 2 hours

It’s day one for Threads, Meta’s new Twitter clone, and persons are signing up in droves.

After solely two hours reside within the App Retailer, Threads already handed 2 million signups with no indicators of slowing down. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg famous the milestone on his Threads account.

Threads was out there for “pre-order” by means of iOS, notifying customers who had been alerted of its existence by means of a flashy Instagram cross-promotion. Customers who opted in obtained a push notification when Threads went reside on Wednesday afternoon and will instantly hop into Meta’s newest experiment in copycatting rivals’ options. Threads is deeply tied into Instagram and Instagram accounts now show a Threads person quantity so the counting is each clear and occurring in actual time.

Zuckerberg additionally tweeted for the primary time in additional than a decade on Wednesday to rejoice his Twitter knock-off, which is prone to appeal to a ton of engagement as Twitter flails and different potential successor apps fail to consolidate its customers in a single place.


With Twitter on life help — and its proprietor implementing fee limits over the weekend — there’s an enormous urge for food for a substitute. Mastodon and Bluesky have each loved their intervals of buzz, however each apps include their very own distinctive compromises. For Mastodon, that’s a form of intimidating join course of and normal uncertainty in regards to the fediverse. For Bluesky, early shitposts have given option to considerations that the platform will repeat the moderation errors of its forebear — and people of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, who cheered Elon Musk’s takeover and now sits on Bluesky’s board.

Getting folks to join a brand new app isn’t simple, however it’s loads simpler than getting them to stay round. Meta’s determination to forgo a chronological feed with Threads — or perhaps a feed only for customers you observe — signifies that the corporate is relying on the identical algorithmic combine to get customers hooked on the app and hold them there. It’s unlucky that out of the gate Threads doesn’t clone Twitter’s greatest characteristic: a pure timeline unpolluted by algorithmic junk. All Twitter knockoffs appear to come back with caveats nowadays and that’s definitely a giant one.

Nonetheless, it’s early days for Threads. The workforce has promised some fediverse-friendly integration that runs counter to Meta’s normal walled-garden-stuffed-with-ads ethos, but when Threads will provide customers extra freedom within the content material they see stays to be seen.

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