The internet world is talking about the Threads platform, which recently debuted and gained millions of users from the first day. The text-based platform, launched by Meta, the owner of Facebook and WhatsApp, as a competitor to Twitter, is currently the focus of attention.
Twitter, which has made a name for itself with the radical decisions taken since it was sold to Elon Musk, has infuriated users. So much so that with the recently introduced tweet viewing limit, the platform's reactions have increased. Threads, which debuted at this time, appeared before users as the most powerful alternative for Twitter. So what are the differences between Twitter and Threads?
Twitter is currently showing ads to users. Because we encounter this on the homepage, in trends, under almost every tweet and even in person suggestions. Of course, it is possible to remove these ads, but for this you need to purchase the Blue subscription, which provides some advantages. Competitor app Threads, on the other hand, shows no ads at all. However, it is difficult to say that this is permanent. Because, considering that a significant part of the income of owner Meta is from advertising impressions, this may change in the near future.
One of the main differences between Twitter and Threads is the character limit. If you are not a Blue subscriber for the tweets you want to share on Twitter, you can write a maximum of 280 characters. For users who subscribe to the paid service, this limit has increased to 25 thousand characters with the recent update.
In the Threads application, a maximum of 500 characters is applied to all users for shares. Since there is no paid subscription option, it is not possible to increase it. Since we are considering the free version, we can say that Threads stands out in the possibility of sharing longer texts.
One of the features that are not missing in social media platforms is undoubtedly messaging. This feature, which is the simplest, only in applications with hundreds or even tens of users, is unfortunately not available in Threads for now. But it is expected to arrive soon. Users currently use the roof application Instagram for messaging.
Twitter has a messaging feature. However, there is a daily limit of 500 direct messages for this. Of course, it cannot be said that this affects users who spend only a few minutes a day. Of course, as you can imagine, there is no limit for Blue subscribers.
Twitter allows users to share videos with a maximum length of 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Blue subscribers, on the other hand, can upload videos of 60 minutes in length, with a maximum file size of 2 GB.
Threads, on the other hand, offers users the opportunity to upload a maximum of 5 minutes of video. At this point, the application still has an edge over Twitter in the free version.
On the home page of the Twitter application, there are two tabs: For You and Following. In the For You section, popular tweets are randomly displayed, that is, it acts as a discover. On the Followed side, there are only the posts of the accounts you follow. When we come to Threads, there is no separate page that functions as a discover like Twitter. Instead, the shares shared and recommended by the people followed are displayed together on the main page.
User data is a boon for social media platforms. Companies generate a significant part of their income indirectly with these data. The most important difference between Twitter and Threads is revealed here.
Twitter stores important users' information such as location, search and browsing history, usage data. Threads, on the other hand, stores important user data, from health and sports to sensitive information representing ethnicity and sexual orientation, from search history to precise location. We can say that Threads stores more information.