By BBC and Sanook.com
MOVE FORWARD, Pheu Thai and Thai Sang Thai parties have already joined the new Threads app after it was launched yesterday (June 5) by Meta, which owns both Facebook and Instagram, with the latter having built the new social media platform, Sanook.com said this evening.
While Pheu Thai and Thai Sang Thai accounts have a check mark on them, thus verifying their status, Move Forward has not got this yet.
However by 9 p.m. today Move Forward had the most followers totalling 16,200 with Pheu Thai attracting almost 2,000 while Thai Sang Thai 169.
He pitched the app as a “friendly” rival to Twitter, which was bought by Elon Musk in October.
Experts say Threads could attract Twitter users unhappy with recent changes to the platform.
But Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino said though Twitter is “often imitated”, its community can “never be duplicated”.
Threads allows users to post up to 500 characters, and has many features similar to Twitter.
But Musk responded: “It is infinitely preferable to be attacked by strangers on Twitter, than indulge in the false happiness of hide-the-pain Instagram.”
When asked on Threads whether the app will be “bigger than Twitter ”, Zuckerberg said: “It’ll take some time, but I think there should be a public conversations app with 1 billion+ people on it.
“Twitter has had the opportunity to do this but hasn’t nailed it. Hopefully we will.”
The launch has had a warm response online, with one person telling the BBC they saw Threads as a “much-needed competitor” to Twitter.
Top: Threads app on a mobile phone. Photo: Getty Images and published by BBC
First insert: A screen grab image showing Move Forward’s Threads account as yet without a check mark. Credit: Sanook.com
Second insert: Table shows how Threads and Twitter compare. Source: Meta/Twitter and published by BBC
Front Page: Meta’s Threads app and Twitter logos are seen in this illustration taken on July 4, 2023. Photo: Reuters/Dado Ruvic and published by CNA