AI for marketers, Barbie, Twitter’s rebrand and more: Here are the top headlines for July 2023, which our team of influencer marketing experts update on a weekly basis throughout the month.
Influencer Marketing Best Practices and Resources
A Case For Paid Ads On Influencer Channels – July 28, 2023
In the digital advertising realm, a prominent trend is dictating a powerful rhythm of change: the surge of creator marketing. This surge encompasses influencers, bloggers and social media personalities—the new-age ambassadors who are radically reshaping brand communication. Spending on influencer marketing is projected to reach $4.6 billion this year in the U.S. alone. And Goldman Sachs Research anticipates that the total addressable market of the creator economy could grow from $250 billion today to nearly half a trillion dollars by 2027. But the real disruptor isn’t just organic creator partnerships. It’s the emergence of paid ads on influencer channels.
What should you expect next in this fast-changing space that is influencer marketing? One expert says “For me, it’s about looking at the wider landscape of digital and technology. To what degree is technology going to disrupt how creators create? How is that going to change the content they then develop? Is that still going to be authentic? The influencer world is growing at an unprecedented rate. More people want to influence; more people are struggling to understand what ‘creators’ and ‘influencers’ even mean; it’s become such a saturated space,”
JoinBrands integrates TikTok marketing, allowing for seamless Park Ad boosting in its all-in-one influencer marketing platform. The feature allows for brands to instantly promote their content, enhancing their reach and visibility, and make video boosting a seamless experience. This platform provides a place for brands to easily collaborate with influencers that align with brand values and target audience.
5 influencers and marketers on building authentic partnerships – July 26, 2023
On Tuesday, Glossy hosted the premiere Beauty Pop event, bringing together brands and influencers for a day of meetings, intimate discussions, panels and networking. During speaker sessions related to building meaningful connections, brand executives and influencers discussed the hows and whys of partnering in authentic ways. Five highlights are below.
How To Find, Connect And Collaborate With The Right Influencers – July 21, 2023
One of the best strategies for reaching and interacting with your target audience in the digital world nowadays is influencer marketing. It’s been estimated that the global influencer market is currently worth $21.1 billion. Through influencer marketing, you can take advantage of the credibility and trust that influencers have established with their audiences to help sell your services or products.
Young people are turning against influencers touting unrelatable lifestyles amid the cost-of-living crisis. According to recent research by Accenture Song, which surveyed 2,000 UK consumers, flashy and unattainable influencer content is losing its grip on the British public, particularly young people. Almost a quarter (24%) of respondents aged 25-34 years old and nearly a fifth (19%) aged 16-24 say they have unfollowed accounts that they felt presented a lifestyle that wasn’t relatable to them, citing the cost-of-living crisis rendering overly aspirational content feeling out of touch with their reality.
Working with influencers or social content creators has taken off in the past few years, especially in the industries that our firm serves. I have observed that almost every brand under the sun wants to work with a paid content creator in some capacity to drive their brand exposure, improve their social engagement and reach more of their audiences online. Brands themselves are being influenced on social media, as we all are, and they want to know if the same could be true for the audiences they’re targeting.
Google’s tips to enhance your business reputation and trust – July 18, 2023
Trust between a business and their consumers is one of the most important aspects of a successful relationship. Google has offered some guidance on how a business can build customer trust through four primary themes: establishing business legitimacy, being transparent, managing online reputation, and having a professional design aesthetic. To do so, businesses must first understand what their customers value and gradually work to build up trust and foster strong bonds with them.
The case for and against micro-influencers – July 17, 2023
When influencer marketing was in its infancy, around the early days of the 2010s, celebrities like Kim Kardashian and YouTubers like David Dobrik were the go-to influencers for advertisers looking to capitalize on their surplus of followers. But at some point, consumer trust, and thus, audience engagement, started to wane, giving way to the rise of micro-influencers, or those with between 10,000 to 100,000 followers on social media.
A Top Shein Exec on That Influencer Trip Fiasco – July 16, 2023
Few companies have profited from the pandemic’s e-commerce boom more than Shein, the retailer that has become known for selling ultra-cheap clothing and other goods. Founded in China and now based in Singapore, Shein became the second most popular shopping app globally in 2021 and the most-downloaded app in May 2022.
Behind Abercrombie & Fitch’s growing influencer strategy – July 13, 2023
Abercrombie & Fitch is tapping into influencers to build standing with young shoppers as it continues on a major turnaround. Back in 2016, the retailer was named America’s “most hated retail brand” by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Over the last few years, however, Abercrombie & Fitch has worked to reintroduce itself by positioning the brand as more inclusive and more diverse in terms of its sizing, products and advertising campaigns. Since 2017, Abercrombie & Fitch has hired a new CEO, focused on modern styles and silhouettes and relied more on data analysis and features like BOPIS. Shoppers are responding well; last quarter, Abercrombie reported “decade-high” first-quarter net sales and increased its outlook for the rest of 2024.
Counting the many, many Barbie collabs – July 13, 2023
Barbieheimer is upon us, and if you feel like the Mattel marketing team has been working overtime, you’re not alone. Everywhere you look, it seems like there’s an “[insert brand name here] x Barbie” collection. With Mattel reportedly planning as many as 45 more movies based on its toys, Barbie could just be the beginning of the brand’s collaboration strategy—and it’s extensive. Based on our research, if you wanted to make your life everything Barbie, all the time ahead of the film’s release, you probably could: Mattel inked more than 100 brand partnerships ahead of its premiere.
Twitter Starts Paying Creators Tens Of Thousands — Amid Intensifying Competition With Threads – July 13, 2023
Twitter finally began paying up for its long-planned revenue sharing program for creators on the platform with large audiences, with one creator claiming to have netted more than $100,000 already, as Elon Musk ramps up competition against Mark Zuckerberg’s rival Threads platform.
Barbies back and she’s ready to party! Over the past couple months the media has been buzzing about the new 2023 Barbie movie releasing on July 21st. If you aren’t excited enough to see the film just for its main stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Goslings, then you are likely going crazy over the team’s genius marketing campaigns. From pink billboards to hundreds of licensing tie-ins like shoes and clothing collections to even Barbie Xbox controllers, Barbie is taking over the marketing and retail world. It’s more than just a promotion, it’s the Barbie brand!
CreaterIQ is developing new metrics to help advertisers measure the impact of their crater campaigns in hopes to become a more established place for marketers. This week’s report saw an increase in ROI and improved metrics. This is helpful for businesses who are looking to establish more analytics around influencer marketing and their performance metrics. Helping keep track of every dollar spent and how to increase return on every level.
“Creators are paying our bills”: how influencer marketers are evolving with creators – July 11, 2023
The content creator marketing industry is huge and only continues to grow. As the partnerships between content creators and companies continue, the % of total revenues that come from brand deals continues to rise. This growth, like any other, comes along with risks of complications and the need for regulation. Over the past couple of years as the world of influencer marketing has advanced – standards, procedures, and regulations have played an important role in the formation of this trade. Authenticity is now one of the most important aspects of this trade as consumers want to create trustworthy and reliable relationships with their creators and brands. Brands are no longer just paying for advertisements, they are paying for the relationship and connection that creators hold with their fans. They are paying for influencers, not just content creators.
In recent years, influencer marketing has become a powerful strategy for various businesses to connect with their target audiences. As the creator economy continues to thrive and evolve, I believe influencer marketing will continue to play an increasingly significant role in shaping the future of relationships between brands and consumers—especially over the next five years.
Why Co-Creation is the Future of Marketing Strategy – July 7, 2023
Although AI seemed to dominate most of the conversations and coverage during the 2023 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, perhaps the second most-popular trend this year may have been the ubiquitousness of creators and influencers on the Croisette. During the Cannes Lions panel “Why Co-creation Is the Future of Marketing Strategies,” Maira Genovese, founder and president of global integrated marketing agency MG Empower, elaborated on the growing influence of creator marketing and how it impacts brands’ relationships with consumers.
In the dynamic realm of digital marketing, businesses are always on the hunt for fresh and inventive ways to promote their products and services. Influencer marketing has risen to prominence in recent years, creating a significant impact across a wide array of industries. However, while consumer goods and lifestyle brands have led the charge in harnessing the power of influencers, commodities appear to be lagging behind.
What Shein’s misstep means for the influencer marketing industry – June 30, 2023
Advertisers are once again taking a closer look at the relationship between brands and influencers, questioning who is responsible for brand deals and who is held accountable if and when things go wrong. This comes after fast-fashion giant Shein recently sent a handful of diverse content creators to tour its factories, based in China. Seemingly, it was a move to restore public faith in its brand reputation, which has been called into question for subpar labor conditions and negative environmental impacts. (Shein did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.)
All the ways Shein’s influencer tour went wrong – June 30, 2023
Social media is lambasting fast-fashion brand Shein with accusations of propaganda after it sent six U.S. influencers to tour its “innovation factory” in Guangzhou, China. The tour was meant to polish its image after investigations late last year revealed unsafe and unsustainable working conditions in some of its factories.
4 Ways To Leverage Social Proof In Marketing – June 30, 2023
The term “social proof” may sound like an intimidating piece of jargon, but its concept is beautifully simple. In a nutshell, social proof is a psychological phenomenon where people look at the actions and decisions of others to guide their own, particularly when they’re uncertain.
How To Engage With Influencers And Build A Digital Community – June 30, 2023
The marketing life cycle had been stuck on “mature” until digital communities were born. Now, I believe marketing is back in the rising star phase of its life cycle.
Constraints and limitations can sometimes lead to even more creative work as creators are forced to push limits within certain boundaries. ‘Boring’ jobs and industries like financial services and insurance are often perceived as lacking creativity, however, the truth is that these industries have huge potential for inspiring creative thinking.
AI and emerging technologies, as well as marketers’ growing investment in the creator economy were the talk of the town during Vidcon 2023. Some of the biggest takeaways from this conference were: creators are looking for income beyond brand deals, AI extends into content creation, influencer marketing goes global, and influencer marketing investment continues to surge.
Behind The Scenes: How This Publicist Turned Creator Is Helping Film Studios And Influencers Navigate Hollywood – June 27, 2023
Before the term “content creator” was coined, creating opportunities for influencer or content creator storytelling in the entertainment industry was a passion Michelle Vieyra held deeply. It inspired her to present a proposal to the former President of the Black Entertainment Network (BET) outlining partnership opportunities with emerging influencers and content creators to promote their shows and award ceremonies. Unfortunately, the proposal hadn’t been opened and there was limited interest at the time. However, a few years later, she was thrilled to see that BET had partnered with the very influencers and content creators she had suggested. A development that pointed to the changing landscape of the entertainment industry.
TikTok Launches ‘Creative Challenge’ to provide more income opportunities for creators – June 27, 2023
TikTok Creative Challenge is just another way TikTok is trying to bring creators and brands together. This challenge enables creators to pitch brands with their clips in hopes of earning money via ad partnerships – brands will be able to review submitted content for potential paid collaborations. This helps give content creators full creative freedom over their ads and unlocks a world of opportunity for brands and creators to collaborate in a way that’s more authentic.
AI for Marketers
Google, Microsoft form new AI group to develop safety standards ahead of policy makers – July 30, 2023
Four leading AI companies have launched a new industry group to help identify best safety practices and promote the technology’s use towards a greater society. The companies set forth a new forum following four key goals: Advancing AI safety research, Identifying best practices, Collaborating with policymakers, academics, civil society and companies, Supporting efforts to develop applications that can help meet society’s greatest challenges.
Text message marketing is having a resurgence thanks to artificial intelligence and a data crackdown that has made it more difficult for brands to directly target consumers online. If done right, many brands view SMS as a more effective way of building a staunch customer base than email or loyalty programs.
Microsoft recently launched several new AI-powered innovations to enhance search technology and boost workplace productivity. The key announcements include: visual search in Bing chat, Bing chat enterprise, and Microsoft 365 Copilot. This development allows for a shift towards a future where AI becomes more and more embedded into everyday tools and work. As development continues, people and businesses should thoughtfully and carefully consider the benefits and risks of embedding AI more into their work and lives.
Meta and Microsoft recently announced the release of Llama 2, an open-source LLM, in hopes of bringing together an AI community that will collaborate and help improve tool development. Meta believes that with an open approach they can help the development of today’s AI models, stating “Responsible and open innovation gives us all a stake in the AI development process, bringing visibility, scrutiny and trust to these technologies”.
Marketing evaluation experts warn of dangers of AI – July 17, 2023
Experts are warning marketers of the potential dangers of using AI platforms in their market mix modeling and econometrics. By looking at the algorithms powering these automated models, experts have identified some serious issues. The biggest issue being that the algorithms used for these platforms are much simpler than they need to be. Meaning that every time you do not include something that matters, you are not getting the best results: “AI isn’t enough for this task, real people are needed”.
ChatGPT Boosts Productivity 40% for writing tasks – July 17, 2023
Harvard and Stanford economists have found in a new study that ChatGPT can help professionals substantially boost productivity in completing everyday writing tasks. For this study, participants were randomly assigned realistic work simulations with or without access to ChatGPT. Those who had access completed assignments 40% faster and produced 18% higher quality content. Reducing the skills gap and inequality between higher-skilled and lower-skilled professionals. Results suggest that AI tools are more likely to elevate human professionals rather than replace them.
The influencer marketing industry has long been known for volatile supply chains, ever-changing algorithms, fluctuating talent prices, and rapidly evolving measurement demands. While we embrace emerging technologies and their ability to help us solve problems, there’s one area of technological advancement that raises concerns about its potential impact on the influencer space: artificial intelligence (AI).
Musk unveils xAI in new bid to rival startup OpenAI – July 12, 2023
Musk has recently announced an alternative to ChatGOT called xAI with the mission to “understand the true nature of the universe”. This formation led by Musk and his team started after Musk’s involvement with the creation of OpenAI, the highest-profile AI startup and developer of ChatGPT. Since Musk left the company board in 2018 he continued to criticize the company claiming it to be “effectively controlled by Microsoft”. Musk’s new website invites people to help “build a future of artificial intelligence” with a variety of products and services in the artificial intelligence, robotics and automation industries.
What to Know about ChatGPT’s new code interpreter feature – July 11, 2023
ChatGPT is a chatbot created by OpenAI with the power to generate text based content and is now advancing to creating charts, maps, and turning images into videos. The new code interpreter feature allows ChatGPT to analyze data, create charts, solve math problems, and edit files. This new feature allows its users to complete data analysis that have helped people look through and interpret data in fields like finance, health or location information.
With the rapid rise of generative AI for marketers, many are reconsidering the role of brands and their advertisements. Not only are marketers now concerned with the shift in focus from the metaverse to AI, they are also working to avoid having their content and actions turning into a political culture war. Most recent brands hit by this issue were M&M’s, Bud Light and Targets. Causing brands to rethink and reevaluate their roles as a tactic to avoid future backlash from the public.
How To Leverage ChatGPT For Influencer Marketing – June 27, 2023
Since the launch of ChatGPT and other AI for marketers, it became clear to many that the AI chatbot and AI technology, in general, have the power to transform how many industries operate. Influencer marketing didn’t remain unaffected. As the capacities of ChatGPT started to become understood, brands and creators around the world turned to AI tools to optimize their influencer marketing operations from content generation to task automation. And as ChatGPT and GPT-based AI tools are becoming more prevalent in the digital marketing world, it becomes increasingly important for brands to understand how they can fully leverage the capacities of AI technology as well as its possible implications.
AI-Powered Influencer Marketing: Opportunities And Challenges – June 27, 2023
AI for marketers is big news, and it’s making an impact in many fields. The adoption of AI tools more than doubled from 2017 to 2022, and companies continue to look for opportunities to use them to optimize operations and get a better grasp on analytics. What exciting opportunities might this technology create for brands who want to generate a higher return on investment by making their influencer marketing efforts more efficient and more targeted?
Niche Influencer Partnerships Best Practices and Resources
From Baltimore to Belize: How one agency markets destinations – June 28, 2023
Behind almost every vacation is an advertising agency. Okay, maybe not. But they don’t hurt—even the world’s biggest cities and nicest beaches rely on marketing from time to time. Development Counsellors International (DCI) is an agency that almost exclusively markets *jazz hands* destinations, working with destination marketing organizations (DMOs) to get people to visit for recreation, relocation, or business
Why It’s Essential To Avoid Buzzwords In Healthcare Marketing – July 26, 2023
The buzzword is to business writing what “hate-watching” is to TV viewing; they both make us cringe, but for some reason, we just can’t turn away or quit the addiction. For many of us, the mere mention of the term “buzzword” conjures up a personal list of those overused cliches that we love to hate. At the top of my list are the ever-popular “synergy,” “low-hanging fruit,” “think outside the box” and “win-win.”
Gatorade teams with Meta, the Weather Channel for summer PSA – July 25, 2023
Gatorade unveiled a two-part summer campaign called “Don’t Go Missing” that aims to promote the PepsiCo brand’s hydration to the next wave of athletes. Promoting their products’ hydrating qualities as a means to combat fatigue, keeping Gatorade front-of-mind for athletes. The brand teamed with Meta and The Weather Channel for weather-triggered paid support.
A conversation with the CMO of the Cleveland Clinic – June 27, 2023
As anyone in marketing knows, change is constant. From print to digital—and now AI-generated ads—the methods and madness behind campaigns are constantly evolving. For healthcare marketers like Paul Matsen, chief marketing and communications officer at the Cleveland Clinic, the last few years have been about keeping up with industry trends while also navigating marketing in the pandemic.
The Merch-ification of Book Publishing – July 11, 2023
For most readers, acquiring a newly released book means heading to your local bookstore, hitting the library, or logging on to Amazon. For others, however, it involves opening up a thoughtfully designed box that includes a copy of the book, alongside gifted items like a custom tote bag, a scented candle, beauty products, and maybe even a box of tea. If you’re a book influencer, the latter is often the case.
Social Media Marketing News
Instagram Experiments With Range of Generative AI Elements – July 30, 2023
While Threads has quickly become a key development focus for the Instagram team, it’s also still working to integrate generative AI elements, as promised by Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg, who just last month noted that: “In the last year, we’ve seen some really incredible breakthroughs on generative AI and that gives us the opportunity to now go take that technology, push it forward, and build it into every single one of our products.”
X/Twitter may have just reached a new user high, with owner Elon Musk sharing this chart of the app’s monthly users. Yeah, there’s not a lot of detail to go on, as Musk has intentionally left off the X axis (ironic). But according to Elon at least, X is thriving, despite rising competition, and reports of a broader user exodus, as Musk continues to reshape the platform formerly known as Twitter into his vision for an ‘everything app’.
X Tests New Ad Display, Which Would Replace Promoted Tags – July 28, 2023
You may have noticed a change in the ads displayed in the X app of late, with the regular ‘Promoted’ signifier disappearing from the bottom of the post, and replaced, instead, by a small ‘Ad’ marker at the top right.
TikTok will launch its own e-commerce business – July 25, 2023
Soon you will be able to buy products directly from TikTok. The social media company reportedly plans to launch an e-commerce business selling made-in-China products to its US consumers. The name of the central marketplace on the platform has quite the ring to it: the “TikTok Shop Shopping Center,” and apparently that’s not a typo.
Twitter rebrands to X, and marketers are confused – July 24, 2023
Twitter has rebranded to X, scrapping its iconic blue bird logo. Its website now features an “X” where the bird logo once was, and the official Twitter account now features a new X logo in its profile picture. “And soon we shall bid adieu to the Twitter brand and, gradually, all the birds,” Elon Musk tweeted over the weekend.
Twitter 2.0 looks set to continue its trend of re-animating previously in-development Twitter features, and framing them as new opportunities, with its recently retired long-form content option ‘Notes’ set to take flight once again, under a new name.
Pinterest is adding another way for brands to drive traffic from the app, with deeplinking from Pins that will direct users back to a specific page in a participating retailer’s own mobile app. That’ll make it easier to capitalize on the attention of Pinners who come to the platform in a shopping mindset, by directing them along the path to making a purchase.
When TikTok debuted in 2016, another app had already stolen the hearts (and eyeballs) of millions: Music.ly. In 2017, Music.ly was acquired by TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance. In 2018, Music.ly’s accounts were migrated to TikTok. You might say the rest is history: Fast-forward five years, and TikTok is now a global juggernaut, boasting 1 billion active users worldwide.
TikTok Tests New ‘Shop’ Feed with Selected Users – July 13, 2023
TikTok continues to experiment with new ways to integrate shopping into the app, this time via a new ‘Shop’ tab, side swipeable from the main screen, that’s appearing for some users.
Meta Tests New Cheaper Package Deals for Meta Verified on Both Facebook and Instagram – July 13, 2023
If you’re thinking about buying a blue checkmark on Facebook or Instagram, via Meta’s new ‘Meta Verified’ program, in order to artificially inflate your relevance in either app, then have we got a deal for you. Now, Meta’s offering a new package that will enable you to save money when you sign up to Meta Verified on both platforms, so you can have a blue tick across all of your Meta posts, for the low, low price of…
Twitter Will Soon Enable Users to Hide Their Blue Checkmark, Along With Tweet Likes and In-App Subscriptions – July 12, 2023
Hey, do you want to sign-up for Twitter Blue and get access to features like monetization and tweet editing, while also avoiding the negative association of actually having a blue tick appear alongside your username in the app? Soon you’ll be able to do just that, while Twitter’s also working on new options that would enable users to hide their tweet likes, as well as the list of who they subscribe to in the app.
Twitter’s Engagement Thresholds for Its Creator Ad Revenue Share Program Will Be Hard for Most to Reach – July 12, 2023
Twitter’s new ad revenue share program for tweet replies is getting closer to launch – though the qualifications for monetization, as displayed in the latest welcome screen for the offering, are likely to put most users out of the running to make money from their tweet content.
Are entering the end game for Twitter? The latest rate limits fiasco has many once again eulogizing the app – but are we really on the precipice of death for the blue bird platform? In reality, probably not, though Twitter does seem to be heading into another period of significant challenge, with users scrambling to alternative platforms – mostly as a hedge for what may become of Twitter – while Meta’s long-awaited rival app now has an official release date.
Never a dull day at Elon Musk’s ‘Twitter 2.0’, even as we head into a long weekend. Today, Twitter has taken the extreme step of essentially restricting users from viewing tweets, in an effort to address what Elon describes as ‘extreme levels of data scraping’.
Twitter Restricts Non-Logged In Users from Viewing Tweets – June 30, 2023
This could be a big change. According to various reports, Twitter is now blocking non-logged in users from viewing any tweets, in an expanded effort to stop data scrapers from accessing tweet data.
TikTok’s trying out another way to get users interested in its in-app shopping options, by offering a range of retailers free listings, free shipping, and zero commission on sales for an initial period.
TikTok’s rolling out yet another creator monetization option, with the addition of subscriber-only videos, which will enable creators to share exclusive content with paying subscribers in the app.
LinkedIn Shares New Insights into its Latest Algorithm Updates – June 27, 2023
If you’re looking to maximize your LinkedIn marketing efforts, this is worth noting – the platform recently updated its algorithm in response to user feedback that too much irrelevant, non-professional content that was flooding their feeds.
While Elon Musk continues to tinker with Twitter, and push users towards paying to get full functionality in the app, Meta’s Twitter challenger Threads has seemingly stumbled from its initial launch, based on the latest third-party usage stats. You’ve no doubt seen the numbers. Sensor Tower has reported that Threads daily active user count has dropped by around 70% since launch, data.ai reports that Threads downloads have slowed significantly, and various pundits have already predicted that Meta’s real-time news app is destined for failure, following its record-breaking ascent to 100 million members.
Meta’s new Threads app has only been around for a week, so it’s way too early to be taking too much from the initial usage insights as an indicative measure of what you can expect. But there are some notes available on what users are experiencing, and while usage has seemingly dipped, based on third-party analysis, the first returns look promising for brand engagement.
One week in, Threads has become Twitter’s biggest threat – July 13, 2023
Meta’s Twitter rival, Threads, has unquestionably had the best first-week imaginable. After immediately racing to the top of app store charts, it became the fastest growing app of all time. In just five days, it grew to more than 100 million users, beating out chatGPT and TikTok which both previously held the record.
Within two days of its launch, Meta’s new Twitter rival Threads became one of the most rapidly downloaded apps ever, amassing more than 70 million users. Content creators with massive followings are joining the text-based app in droves — largely because they can choose to retain all their Instagram followers (if they’re already on the platform) and their blue verification ticks rather than having to start from scratch.
Creators react to Threads: ‘It’s better than Twitter’ – July 7, 2023
Tech reporter Alexandra Sternlicht here, filling in for David. It’s Threads’ first Friday, and it feels as though the “first day of school” vibe that characterized the app’s euphoric launch has shifted ever so slightly. To stick with the metaphor, users and creators seem to have moved into Threads’ proverbial auditorium for the talent show on Meta’s text-based app: Everyone is there, they’ve settled in, and they’re ready to experience all of the joy and all of the cringe.
Yes, it’s a duplicate of Twitter, and yes, it’s piggybacking off of Instagram to build its user base. But regardless of the framing, Meta’s new Threads app is still on track to become the fastest-growing app of all time, with over 30 million users now active on the platform.
So is a post on Threads called a ‘Thread’ or a ‘post’? And what about re-posts – are they ‘re-threads’? It’s all a bit up in the air at the moment, in the (very) early days of the new Twitter-esque app, but to help you with the latest lingo, the Threads team has shared a ‘Threads Dictionary’ to keep you up to speed.
Have you started seeing weird little numbers popping up on people’s Instagram profiles? Well, that’ll be Threads. Meta’s Twitter competitor app that launched today in the U.S. and UK is automatically placing badges on the Instagram profiles of users who have signed up. The badges show the Threads logo next to a number, which basically indicates how quick you were to join the app after it launched, while allowing Meta a major swipe at Twitter following the whole blue tick saga.
Twitter Launches Legal Action Over Meta’s New Threads App – July 6, 2023
While Meta’s new Twitter clone Threads has been gathering momentum over the past 24 hours, and even dominating Twitter’s own trends charts, Twitter owner Elon Musk has been uncharacteristically quiet about the rival platform, which, given his past public criticisms of potential competitors, has been particularly odd.
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