6 App Settings to Try

6 App Settings to Try

Threads: A New Social Media App Worth Exploring


Threads, Meta’s latest foray into the world of social media, is still in its early stages, but it’s already making waves. With a vibe that’s been described as a “corporate afterparty hosted by Wendy’s,” this Twitter competitor is capturing the attention of millions of users who are eager to figure out how to make the most of the platform.

While some may be skeptical about yet another social media app infiltrating their lives, it’s important to note that Threads, like Meta’s other apps such as Facebook and Instagram, collects a significant amount of personal information from its users. For those who are not keen on sharing their data with this app, there are plenty of alternatives to explore.

Threads is a nascent platform, and as such, some of the settings and features that users have come to expect from a social network may not yet be available. However, as Meta continues to grow the team assigned to the project, the app is likely to evolve and incorporate more features. So, keep an eye out for exciting updates in the future!

Tailor Your Threads Experience

Mute Anyone You Find Annoying

The primary feed of posts on Threads is determined by Meta’s algorithm, meaning that you may come across content that is less than appealing. Fear not! The Mute button on Threads will soon become your new best friend. If you encounter a post that annoys you, simply tap on the three dots in the top right corner of the post and select “Mute.” This will prevent further posts from that account from appearing in your feed.

If you want to take it a step further and eliminate accounts you don’t follow altogether, the “Block” option is also available. For accounts you already follow but have changed your mind about, navigate to their Threads profile, tap on the three dots at the top right, and select “Block.”

To keep track of everyone you’ve muted on Threads, you can find a comprehensive list in your Privacy settings.

Control Who Mentions You

To protect your mentions and control who can link directly to your profile, go to your profile page on Threads and select the two lines at the top. From there, tap on “Privacy” and then “Mentions.” This feature allows you to choose whether everyone, only the people you follow, or no one can link to your account.

Lock Down Those Replies

You have the power to choose who gets to be your reply guys (or gals). On Threads, you can customize your reply settings on a post-by-post basis. As you craft a new post, simply tap on “Anyone can reply” in the bottom left corner. This will give you the option to allow replies from everyone, people you follow, or just the accounts you mention in the post.

If your Threads profile is set to private, this option will display as “Your followers” instead.

Tweak Incoming Notifications

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the barrage of notifications from Threads (because you’re obviously popular), you can easily manage them. Start by going to your profile, then tap on the two lines in the top right corner and select “Notifications.” From here, you can adjust the push notifications to your liking. You can pause all notifications temporarily or fine-tune them to suit your preferences.

Take a Break

Let’s face it; social media apps are designed to keep you scrolling endlessly. But setting boundaries is crucial for maintaining a healthy digital life. If you find yourself spending too much time on Threads, fear not! You can take control of your scrolling habits.

Navigate to your profile, tap on the two lines in the top right corner, and select “Account” followed by “Take a break.” Here, you can choose the duration you’d like Threads to remind you to take a break. Set your preferred interval, whether it be 10, 20, or 30-minute increments, and Threads will nudge you to find something else to do.

Take a Break

If you’re an artist looking to showcase your portfolio or a social media aficionado wanting to promote your other accounts, Threads allows you to add a clickable link to your bio. Simply visit your profile, choose “Edit profile,” and add the website or link that you want to share in the “Link” section. Tap “Done,” and voilà!

Add a Link

Threads may still have that “new-app smell,” but don’t let that discourage you from exploring its potential. With these settings and features, you can customize your Threads experience to suit your preferences and make the most of this emerging social media platform.

So, whether you’re a dedicated poster or a professional lurker, give Threads a try and see where the journey takes you. And remember, it’s always good to have options! If Threads isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other social media apps waiting to be discovered. Happy scrolling!

Note: Threads is available for both Android and Apple devices.