After an extended period of eager anticipation, the web version of Threads has at last made its debut. Meta’s team started the rollout of this Twitter rival for browser access earlier this week, and according to Instagram head Adam Mosseri, it’s now up and running for everyone.
If you’ve been acting like a kid on Christmas morning, constantly hitting refresh on threads.net to see if the shiny new web version is available, it’s time to give that F5 key a rest. The wait is over! Prior to this, Threads users were vexed by the absence of a web interface. While navigating to a specific user profile was feasible, actual browsing, posting, replying, or even just logging in from a browser was a non-starter.
The fact that engagement with the app dwindled considerably after its launch led many to view the absence of a web version as a major hurdle for Threads. Mark Zuckerberg and Mosseri seemed to agree, having touted the web version as a top priority, although Mosseri also mentioned that there were some pesky bugs in the system they needed to squash.
Now that the virtual ribbon has been cut on Threads’ web version, all eyes are on what “missing” features will be added next. User complaints haven’t been limited to browser access; the inability to search for specific posts or use hashtags has also been a sticking point. Both these features have made Instagram and Twitter the cool kids at the content discovery party.
However, don’t get too excited about sliding into Threads DMs anytime soon. Mosseri has been channeling his inner tech guru, expressing reluctance to add yet another inbox to users’ already crowded digital lives. But hey, at least he’s open to folding Instagram DMs into Threads at some point. And for those itching for post-editing features, the wait won’t be “Gone with the Wind” long. Mosseri has confirmed that this is in development, ensuring that Threads users won’t have to wait for the next tech epoch for an edit button.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Threads
When did the web version of Threads become available?
The web version of Threads became available after Meta’s rollout earlier in the week, with Instagram head Adam Mosseri confirming that it’s now live for all users.
What was the user experience before the web version of Threads?
Before the web version, Threads users were unable to browse feeds, post, reply, or even log in from browsers. They could manually navigate to specific user profiles but were limited beyond that.
Why is the web version of Threads considered significant?
The lack of a web version had been seen as a major barrier to the app, especially since engagement dropped after its initial launch. The web version was high on the agenda for Meta’s team.
What features are expected to be added to Threads?
There is anticipation that “missing” features like content search and hashtags will be added next. Post-editing features are also in development, but the addition of DMs seems unlikely.
Will Threads incorporate Instagram DMs?
Adam Mosseri has raised the possibility of incorporating Instagram DMs into the Threads experience, although he’s expressed reluctance to add another inbox to users’ lives.