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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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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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