Instagram's new app, Threads, is set to launch on July 6 and we can't wait to try out Meta's Twitter rival.
Meta describes the new social media platform as a "text-based conversation app" and hopes to strike while the iron is hot with users getting sick and tired of Twitter since Elon Musk purchased the platform last year.
But you don't need to wait until July 6 to register your interest thanks to a cool easter egg added to Instagram. Here's how to get your very own Threads invite in the Instagram app.
How to Pre-register for Threads on iOS
Meta, the owners of Facebook, are going all out with the release of Threads as it hopes to convince a large portion of Instagram's 1 billion users to jump onto the new platform. Get your invite now by following the steps below:
- Open Instagram
- Type Threads into the search bar
- A red ticket emoji will appear in the search bar, click it
- Your own virtual ticket with your Threads username will appear
- Tap Get Threads
This method only works for iOS users with an Instagram account. If you want a Threads account without Instagram, head to the App Store and search for Threads, an Instagram app. Once you've pre-registered your iPhone will notify you as soon as the app is available to download.
Threads is coming
Threads could be the Twitter alternative we've been waiting for, as its direct integration with Instagram means that there is a mainstream audience to begin with. I use Twitter for sports news, and one of the problems apps like Mastodon and Blue Sky have is the lack of content from mainstream journalists and news outlets. Meta and Threads could change that on Thursday, as you'll be able to easily follow your Instagram followers on the app.
We can't wait to see if Threads lives up to the hype and cements itself as one of the best apps for iPhone.
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