December 1, 2023

Have you ever been copying and pasting GIFs from the GIPHY web site into Threads like a loopy particular person? These days are lastly over!

Folks haven’t been shy to level out the entire options which have been lacking from Threads because it launched again in July (keep in mind, folks, this app is lower than 4 months previous). Adam Mosseri and his workforce have been onerous at work including new options over the previous couple of months to construct out its characteristic set, and right this moment is one other day with new options.

In a publish on the social media platform, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced that the corporate is rolling out two new options on Threads right this moment. The primary will enable customers to entry and publish GIFs natively on the app. Slightly than having to navigate outdoors of Threads — whether or not or not it’s to a GIF keyboard, app, or web site — customers will now have the ability to use GIFs of their posts, whether or not or not it’s on their very own publish or in reply or quote of one other publish.

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The opposite characteristic launching right this moment is the flexibility to run polls on the platform. Now, if you wish to get suggestions from folks on the app, you may run a ballot with a number of choices for folks to reply. It’s a useful characteristic for folks to really get usable information fairly than having everybody dump a ton of random textual content into the replies of a publish.

Each these options are rolling out to customers right this moment. It seems that Threads is making the replace instantly by way of its app, and it’ll not require an replace, so that you received’t see the immediate to replace the app within the Apple or Google app shops. As a substitute, should you’re attempting to get entry to the characteristic, simply pressure shut the app and reopen it — finally, the brand new options will present up for you while you go to publish on the app.

It seems that the rollout is occurring steadily, so preserve checking all through the day, and also you’ll finally discover the options magically pop up sooner or later.

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Immediately’s announcement comes a few weeks after the app additionally rolled out help for enhancing posts and posting voice recordings. It’s notable that Threads made the edit button free, particularly since its foremost competitor, X (previously often known as Twitter), at the moment hides the edit button behind its X Premium subscription service that at the moment prices at the least $8 monthly.

Whereas the edit button has definitely gotten its fair proportion of use on the platform, the flexibility to publish a Voice Thread has struggled to achieve a lot traction. Folks used the characteristic at first as a result of hype and notoriety of its launch, however utilization rapidly died out. It’s already uncommon to see anybody really posting to the platform within the type of audio fairly than textual content. Now, with the flexibility to make use of GIFs, I think about that characteristic can be even much less used.

As Threads rolls out help for GIFs and polls, X additionally rolled out help for Voice and Audio calls this week. Competitors is sweet!