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5 hidden features of Instagram's Threads that you should know about and use

Using Instagram’s Threads? Then check out these 5 hidden features to make it more exciting.

| Updated on: Jul 13 2023, 13:53 IST
5 Tech Titans who reacted to Twitter-killer Threads - Jack Dorsey to Elon Musk, check it out
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1/7 On their part, Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, posted this note on the Threads app, “Here we go. We have lots of work to do, but we’re looking to build an open, civil place for people to have conversations.” (REUTERS)
2/7 At the same time, Meta Platforms CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said, "Our vision is to take the best parts of Instagram and create a new experience for text, ideas, and discussing what's on your mind.” (AP)
3/7 Elon Musk - While Musk did not directly talk about the Threads app, the Twitter chief took a dig at Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comment about how Twitter runs, saying, “It is infinitely preferable to be attacked by strangers on Twitter than indulge in the false happiness of hide-the-pain Instagram.” Musk also responded to a meme with a laughing emoji on Twitter which showed a keyboard with copy-and-paste buttons, implying that Threads was just a copycat of Twitter. (REUTERS)
4/7 Jack Dorsey - The former Twitter CEO and current co-founder of Bluesky Social mocked the similar interface of several Twitter alternatives in a tweet. He wrote, “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 7 Twitter clones.” (REUTERS)
5/7 Bill Gates - Announcing his arrival on the new microblogging platform, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wrote on Threads, “I’m excited to jump into @threadsapp,” while also sharing a GIF of him jumping over a chair. (REUTERS)
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6/7 Carl Pei - Nothing co-founder and CEO Carl Pei has also joined Threads. In his first post, he wrote, “I don’t know if Threads is going to make it or not, but at least it has closed the door for Bluesky.” (Bloomberg)
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7/7 M.G. Siegler - In a tweet, M.G. Siegler, general partner at Google Ventures wrote about Threads, “Sort of strange that Instagram is about to launch Threads to try to eat Twitter just as Retro is starting to eat Instagram Stories…” (Google Ventures)
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Instagram head Adam Mosseri revealed several hidden features of Threads. Check them out here. (Bloomberg)

Twitter-rival Threads has rapidly set itself up as one of the most prominent social media platforms. At least, that's what the number of users says! Instagram's CEO, Adam Mosseri has revealed that Threads has garnered more than 100 million users within the first five days of its launch. It must be noted this mark of user count was shared a few days back, which means the latest Threads' user count must be much higher. If you're one of the Threads users, then you must have acquainted yourself with its features. However, being the new social media platform, there are some hidden features that you may have missed.

Mosseri has shed light on the "hidden gems" of the Threads that you must know to enhance the overall experience of Threads. Have a look here.

Hidden Threads features

1. Who Can Reply: If you don't want everyone to reply to your Threads, then you have this crucial privacy feature. What you need to keep in mind is that before you post a new thread, you need to set who can reply to that specific thread. The three options are – Anyone, Profiles you follow, Mentioned only

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2. Threads shortcut: If you haven't tried this yet, then just tap “return” three times! Did you see it? Yes, this Threads shortcut can automatically start a new thread for you.

3. Quick Follow trick: To avoid the extra steps in order to follow a new profile by heading out of Feed, just tap the plus sign on a profile image and you'll start following them.

4. Don't like the content? Mute them! If you don't want to see content from an account again just tap the three dots menu and tap “Mute.” It is that simple!

5. Quick Search: Do you know? You can quickly search for an account just by long-pressing the search icon.

Apart from these, there are some similar features just like Instagram. Including “Take a Break” to let you set reminders by going to Profile - Settings - Account - Take a break. Moreover, you can also share your Threads on Instagram. To do so, just tap the share icon to share a thread to your Feed or Stories.

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First Published Date: 13 Jul, 13:52 IST