Sunday, December 3, 2023

Threads already has a button to edit posts (and it’s free)

Threads is implementing one of the most requested features by its users: an edit button. And, unlike X (Twitter), you will not need to pay for a subscription to take advantage of the option.

The news was announced by Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in his Threads profile. The edit button will become available starting this Thursday. During the first five minutes after posting, the message can be edited as much as desired. After this time, the option is blocked.

It took Twitter 16 years to add a similar button. But then it put it behind a paywall, as one of the benefits of the Twitter Blue (now called X Premium) subscription. Of course: it allows editing during the first 60 minutes after the message is published.

Threads’ new editing feature is available on both mobile devices and its website. For now, it doesn’t show editing history. Just note that the message was edited.

Voice clips are added to the editing in Threads

Zuckerberg further reported that Threads is adding the option to post voice messages. He called him «Voice Threads» and allows you to attach an audio clip to a post. The functionality began to be implemented little by little this Thursday.

Threads has not stopped launching new features, with the aim of maintaining the attention of its users and not wasting the push that its big launch gave it. In July, for example, it launched the chronological feed for posts from followed users. And, at the end of August, it officially implemented its web version.

Threads is, so far, the fastest growing platform, achieving its first 100 million users in just five days. It thus surpassed ChatGPT, which achieved the feat in its first two months after launch.

The initial excitement, however, has been deflating. Already in July, the new platform closed with an 82% drop in its active user base. A new report from Insider Intelligence said it expects Threads to have 23.7 million users in the US. at the end of 2023. Far behind Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and even Twitter.

But Threads will insist, above all, on its competition with Twitter. Zuckerberg’s platform would also be preparing a “trending topics” section. A Threads user spotted the update this week, in a screenshot accidentally posted by an employee of the social network.

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