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Threads is here. This is how it works

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Meta has released Threads, the so-called Twitter-killer. We were among the first to try it. Here’s what we thought.

It’s been a long time since we all signed up for Twitter. But for many users, the experience has been one of hardship. From bullying to the open sewer of political venom and anonymous trolls.

Twitter has seen the best and worst of social media.

So along comes Mark Zuckerberg from Meta to fix what Elon Musk seemingly can’t.

We all want the town square, but does Twitter prove why we can’t have nice things?

The signup

Singing up was really simple. I think we’ve all become sick of choosing a catchy username, deciding on a cryptic password (and where to store it), as well as the obligatory profile photo (we’re not getting any younger here).

I remember that original Twitter profile pic. The innocence!

But the Meta situation is seamless, taking my user data from Instagram and even suggesting my friends. Turns out they were already following me before I had even created a username!

The experience

The user experience is ok. Just ok, and needs a lot of work. It’s hard to immediately identify how to post, or Thread (is that what we’re calling it). Everything looks very basic so far.

And one of the first things I noticed was that real people were using it, not just profiles of news media companies, like those that fill my Twitter feed.

Though is this an early sign that I’m going to have to go on a muting spree all over again to filter out the nonsense of thought-tweeting/threading?

There’s also more text than photos and videos so far, and I haven’t yet endured the experience of uploading a video or working out the character limit.

The limitations

It took me a while to work out how to set up a corporate profile, not just a personal profile. For those of us that manage social media channels, it’s more cumbersome than Twitter.

There also doesn’t seem to be a desktop app, which makes it hard for corporate and office use. We aren’t all attached to our iPhones, especially at work.

One of the best things about Twitter is monitoring it during breaking news. That will be the real test for Threads. When something big happens, will we still turn to Twitter? Or will Threading become the new town square?

But yes, you will find Ticker News on Threads.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Will the travel boom continue in 2024?

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Several big events are scheduled in 2024 and travelers say they’re planning to attend.

 
Following the pandemic—pent-up demand to travel exploded.

But, after years of inflation and rising tourism costs—are travelers curtailing plans for 2024 or revving them up?

Casey Hatfield-Chiotti, a Travel Editor, Marin Living Magazine joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #IN AMERICA TODAY #travel #traveltrends #2024travel #tourism #luxurytravel #hospitalityindustry #MarinLiving #ParisOlympics #solareclipse #featured

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YouTuber Trevor Jacob behind bars for plane crash stunt

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YouTuber Trevor Jacob has been sentenced to jail after orchestrating a dangerous stunt involving a plane crash in a reckless bid for views.

The shocking incident unfolded as Jacob attempted to push the boundaries of extreme content creation on his YouTube channel.

In a bid to capture the attention of his audience, Jacob embarked on a perilous mission, piloting a small plane before deliberately crashing it. The stunt, which was filmed and uploaded to his channel, garnered immediate backlash from viewers, many of whom decried the reckless behavior as dangerous and irresponsible.

Authorities swiftly intervened, launching an investigation into Jacob’s actions. Following the investigation, he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to a prison term.

The incident has raised important questions about the ethics of content creation, the pursuit of internet fame, and the potential legal consequences for those who prioritize views over safety.

 

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Russian women want their men back from Ukraine

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In a heartfelt plea, Russian women have taken to the streets demanding the safe return of their loved ones from the Ukrainian front.

The conflict in Ukraine has stretched on for years, and the toll on families has been immense. Mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters are uniting to call for an end to the fighting and the return of their men.

The women, often referred to as the “mothers of the front,” are growing increasingly frustrated with the ongoing conflict. They argue that their husbands, sons, and brothers have been away for far too long, and the human cost of the war is simply too high.

With no clear resolution in sight, their calls for peace and reconciliation are becoming more urgent.

This grassroots movement has sparked a national conversation in Russia, with many questioning the government’s handling of the conflict.

While the official stance has been to support the separatist forces in Ukraine, these women are highlighting the personal tragedies and broken families left in the wake of the war. Their determination to bring their loved ones home is palpable.

The situation raises important questions about the impact of long-term conflicts on families, the role of women in peace movements, the government’s response to public sentiment, and the prospects for a peaceful resolution in the ongoing Ukraine conflict.

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