Threads rolls out new polls, GIFs features to reel-in users

With its latest update, Threads has announced the rollout of new features that make interacting with other users more fun. Know all about it.

| Updated on: Oct 27 2023, 13:45 IST
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 Threads' search feature expands to more countries, bringing yet another step closer to being a complete social network. (Bloomberg)

Developers at Threads have been hard at work lately bringing new features to entice users. Recently, the platform introduced a feature allowing users to follow all the people who are mentioned in a Threads post. A few days ago, it also was revealed that Threads is reportedly planning to introduce a Trending section that would show the top 5 trending topics, along with the number of threads it was being mentioned in. competing against tech giants like X, Threads has announced the rollout of another feature that makes interacting with other users more fun.

Threads gets a new feature

Instagram head Adam Mosseri revealed that Threads is bringing polls and GIFs to the platform. Announcing this feature, Mosseri posted on Threads, “Excited to bring you all two new ways to spark a conversation on Threads: polls and GIFs. With polls, you can invite others to weigh in on the topics you care about. And it's now easier to find and add the right GIF to express what you're feeling.”

With GIFs, you can now comment or reply to posts with interactive images instead of plain text. Additionally, the ability to create polls allows users who rarely use the platform to also make their voices heard. Once created, the polls would be live on Threads for 24 hours, and the creator can control who can respond to their polls. With these moves, the platform aims to compete against X and reel in more users, especially since it has been dealing with a drop in engagement since its blockbuster rollout in July.

Other new features

Just a few weeks ago, Threads announced a new feature that allows users to follow all the people who are mentioned in a Threads post. Long pressing the post will open up a new menu where the Threads accounts of everyone mentioned in the post will pop up, along with an option to follow them. You can simply tap on the ‘Follow all' option to follow them. Do note that this feature is only available on the mobile version of Threads.

There's a new feature for those who use the web version of Threads as well. Instead of having to save media and attachments on their device and then make another post, users can now just copy and paste them.

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First Published Date: 27 Oct, 13:45 IST