Meta just released, out of beta, Threads by Instagram. I have to say it’s pretty well made and sticky. But then again it’s just another micro-blogging platform.
But what’s most interesting is that it will “most likely” federate via ActivityPub with the Fediverse (aka Mastodon et. al). In addition, Adam Mosseri the head of Instagram, over at Meta, says that they will also support social graph portability.
That’s a good thing. That means you can move your follows to another ActivityPub service easily from Threads.
This is what Bluesky, Jack Dorsey’s open AT Protocol system is up against.
I want to like Bluesky, but the fact that it’s so different from ActivityPub bothers me. But I’m slowly coming around to liking it for what it is and isn’t. But it’s just ANOTHER place to check in.
So right now here’s my ranking of importance for me as far as social media platforms.
*Since doing the ranking above, I’ve already taken Threads off my phone. Too much. I had to cut somewhere and to be honest, I’d rather cut a Zuckerberg project than an open source one.
What systems have you tried? What do you thing about this, now, crowded space. I want to know. Mash that reply button!
Meta Releases Threads by Instagram
It’s off to the races. And it’s pretty neat.
Mastodon’s CEO and Founder’s Response To Threads
A very level-headed and reasonable post from Eugen Rochko.
Threads profile can only be deleted by deleting Instagram account, Meta says
Well that’s stupid. Though not surprising.
Bluesky announces its $8M seed round and first paid service, custom domains
So if you don’t already have a domain to use to make your username special on Bluesky, you can now buy a domain from them (they’re partnering with Namecheap). Now people are already poo-pooing this move. I think it’s smart and there’s nothing wrong with it. Plus, you can save money and just go to Namecheap on your own and get a domain name probably cheaper than through Bluesky. And use it for more stuff than just Bluesky.
AWS exec downplays existential threat of AI, calls it a ‘mathematical parlor trick’
This response is a little bit too far in the other direction. I think the truth lies somewhere inbetween “the end of humanity” and “a parlor trick.”
An Early Look At Threads by Amanda Natividad At Sparktoro
Of course Amanda is on this not even 12 hours after the platform opened to the public. LOL.
Can Twitter Alternatives Escape the Enshittification Trap?
I think there will be that “shitty” element on the Twitter-alternatives but it’s how it’s dealt with that will matter.
Taliban Endorses Twitter Over Threads
This says it all. Elon probably isn’t even upset about it.
Threads won’t kill Twitter if it’s boring
I don’t think Threads will kill Twitter. Twitter will kill Twitter.
How do you find early evangelists for community-led growth?
Another Kevin Indig gem. A must read.
What it means: Sarah Silverman sues OpenAI and Meta
This could get interesting. Good analysis.
Twitter blocks links to rival Threads, while CEO downplays reports of traffic decline
To be expected from Elon.
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