While the app shares similarities with Twitter, it currently lacks a crucial feature—a feed exclusively displaying posts from people you follow.
Presently, Threads presents a single feed that combines posts from both followed and unfollowed users. In contrast, Twitter offers a “Following” feed and a “For You” feed.
Addressing the demand for a Following feed on Threads, Instagram head Adam Mosseri acknowledged that it is “on the list” of upcoming features that the platform intends to incorporate in the future.
Mosseri’s response came in reply to a post from YouTuber Marques Brownlee. Since Instagram already features a “Following” list view in addition to the default algorithmic feed, it seems reasonable for Threads to offer a similar option.
Mosseri also mentioned other features that are currently “on the list,” such as the ability to switch between different Threads accounts and the option to edit posts.
Furthermore, he acknowledged that several fundamental features are still absent from the app, including the ability to search hashtags.
It’s important to note that although users have expressed a desire for a double-tap gesture to like a post, Mosseri explained that Meta attempted to implement this feature but encountered an issue.
Tapping on a thread is necessary to open the full thread, and having an element that responds to both single and double taps would lead to confusion.
Threads allows Instagram users to authenticate using their existing credentials, enabling them to share short updates comprising text up to 500 characters, links, photos, and videos up to five minutes long.
Upon launch, the app became available on iOS and Android in 100 countries, excluding the EU due to concerns about compliance with local data privacy regulations.