Millions of users have joined Threads to experience the hot new microblogging platform, but the big question is: does it have a character limit? Instagram Threads has recently become the fastest app to cross 100 million users, doing so within just five days of launch. Before this, OpenAI’s ChatGPT held the record for surpassing 100 million users within two months. This is a testament to the app’s popularity among users.
There’s a character limit on Instagram’s Threads, and it’s 500 characters, including blank spaces and web links. If users need more than that, they can consider breaking up the text into multiple threads. In the ‘New Thread‘ screen, users will see the option ‘Add to thread’ beneath their initial text, so they can create a string of posts. Other popular microblogging platforms, like Tumblr and Pinterest, also have a 500-character limit.
Here’s How Threads Compares To Twitter
Looking at it from the Threads versus Twitter angle, the latter limits regular users to 280 characters per tweet but also allows them to create threads of several interconnected tweets. However, Twitter Blue subscribers can write up to 25,000 characters in a single tweet. On the other hand, in addition to its 500-character limit for free users, Threads allows users to include up to 10 photos in a carousel and up to 300 seconds (5 minutes) of video in a post. In comparison, Twitter only allows users to upload four photos and restricts the video duration to 140 seconds.
By default, Instagram’s microblogging platform doesn’t have a way to include GIFs in posts, but by using third-party GIF keyboards, like Google Keyboard or Giphy, users can add GIFs to a post on Threads. From what it looks like, Threads provides more flexibility. It offers a higher character limit and enables users to attach more images and longer videos. However, it’s far from perfect. For instance, users must have an Instagram account to sign up for Threads. There’s no dedicated feed for users to explore the trending topics and posts on the platform, let alone a following feed showing content from the accounts users follow.
Instagram’s Threads app doesn’t support hashtags, a tool creators and regular users use to get better reach on Twitter and other social media platforms. That said, the Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, has confirmed that Threads is working on several new features that will come out in the new future. For now, 500 characters is what users get on Threads, which should be enough for most casual conversations that are going to take place on the platform.