Threads vs Twitter - which app is better?

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Threads vs Twitter - which app is better?

With the Threads vs Twitter clash in full swing, many are wondering: which app is better?

While various Twitter alternatives like Mastodon or Hive Social have attempted to capitalize on the micro-blogging platform's downfall, one platform that has emerged triumphant is Threads by Instagram.

Threads quickly garnered attention, amassing over 100 million users within a mere five days of its launch. With such an impressive user count, Threads has undoubtedly established itself as a formidable competitor to Twitter.

In this guide, we'll go over what each app has to offer. Though they may seem very similar at first glance, they do have some key differences that might sway you in favour of one over the other.

Threads vs Twitter - how are they different?

Features Twitter Threads
Post length280 characters (20,000 for Twitter Blue subscribers)500 characters
VideosYes (2 minutes, 20 seconds)Yes (5 minutes)
EditYes, but only for Twitter Blue subscribersNo
Direct messagesYesNo
Trending storiesYesNo
VerificationYes, but only for Twitter Blue subscribersYes (Your Instagram verification will carry over)

In the vast world of social media platforms, Threads and Twitter stand out as popular choices for text-based conversation. While both apps offer unique features and functionalities, the question of which one is better remains.

Here are six key differences between Threads and Twitter.

Platforms supported

Twitter is available as both a mobile app (iOS and Android) and a web application, making it accessible from various devices such as smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.

Currently, Threads is limited to mobile devices (iOS and/or Android). Threads does have a desktop version, but its functionality is limited. As of now, you can only read or view posts using the Threads website.

Account creation

Twitter's account creation process is relatively straightforward and doesn't have any dependencies on other platforms. Users can create an account using their email address or phone number.

Since Threads is developed by Instagram, it functions as an extension of the Instagram platform. As a result, you need to have an existing Instagram account for Threads.

Post length

Standard Twitter users are limited to expressing their thoughts within 280 characters. However, Twitter Blue subscribers enjoy an expansive character limit of 25,000, granting them ample space for more detailed posts.

Threads provides users with an initial character limit of 500 right from the start. However, as of now, there are no available methods to increase this character limit beyond the initial 500 in Threads.

Price and verification

Twitter has a subscription plan called Twitter Blue that includes the blue checkmark verification, increased character limits, and an ad-free experience. Twitter Blue costs $8/month.

Instagram has a verified blue check badge which costs $11.99 a month on the web and $14.99 on iOS and Android. The Instagram verification is carried over to Threads since it is an extension of Instagram.

Direct messages

Twitter has a direct messaging feature which allows users to have private conversations with other Twitter users. It enables one-on-one or group communication, separate from the public tweets on the platform.

Currently, Threads does not have a direct messaging feature. It is unclear whether it will be added to the app later. For now, to send direct messages to your Threads contacts, you have to do it through Instagram.

NSFW content

Twitter's media policy states that adult content is allowed as long as it is marked as sensitive. However, the platform prohibits the sharing of explicit media involving minors, non-consensual content, and any illegal activities.

The Instagram Threads NSFW policy generally doesn't allow nudity or sensitive content. However, there are specific exceptions in place to accommodate educational, health awareness, and artistic contexts.

Threads vs Twitter - which app is better?


After careful analysis and considering user feedback, it becomes apparent that Twitter emerges as the preferred choice in the Threads vs Twitter showdown.

While Threads has its strengths, Twitter's longstanding popularity and its ability to foster broader conversations make it the clear winner. Having said that, Threads is still in its early stages and has the potential to evolve into something better than Twitter.

Ultimately, the "better" app depends on your specific needs and preferences.

If you want to try Threads for yourself, check out our guide on how to sign up for Instagram Threads. Before signing up for Threads, keep in mind that you can not delete your Instagram Threads account without deleting your Instagram account.

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