Threads is set to receive a series of new features this week, as announced by CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The updates are aimed at enhancing the user experience and making the platform more versatile.
Among the new features is the ability to share Threads posts via Instagram Direct Messages (DMs). Users can do this by tapping on the icon that looks like a paper airplane on the post they wish to share. Another feature allows users to add personalized alternative text (alt text) to media in their posts. This can be done by initiating a post, attaching media using the paperclip icon, and then accessing the “Alt” button that appears on the image.
In addition, Threads is introducing a “mention button” that simplifies the process of referencing other accounts within the platform. While some users may not immediately see this feature, it can be accessed by typing the “@” symbol followed by the username of the account they wish to mention.
These updates have been well-received by users, particularly the addition of custom alt text, which many believe should have been a standard feature from the start. However, users are also eagerly awaiting more significant updates such as a web client and improved search functionality. Zuckerberg has assured that these updates are scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks.
Despite the anticipation for these larger updates, the app does already offer a follower feed. However, some users find it inconvenient that accessing this feature takes them out of their current view.
Users are advised to ensure they are using the most up-to-date version of the Threads app to fully benefit from these enhancements. As Threads continues to evolve, it is clear that Meta is committed to improving the platform and making it a viable alternative to other social media platforms like Twitter.