Threads – AVC


Like tens of hundreds of thousands of others, I downloaded Threads onto my telephone yesterday and signed up.

The factor that Twitter has been lacking because it killed off its ecosystem over a decade in the past is competitors. And as everyone knows, lack of competitors is a really unhealthy factor. In governments and in merchandise.

Competitors retains you trustworthy. Competitors makes you hustle. Competitors forces you to innovate. Competitors makes you higher.

So I’m thrilled to see some actual competitors emerge for Twitter.

I’m additionally excited to see a scaled social media platform embrace an open protocol. Within the case of Threads, that protocol is Exercise Pub.

So far as I can inform, Threads doesn’t but assist ActivityPub however has dedicated to doing so.

I’ve not loved utilizing any social media apps constructed on the ActivityPub protocol, most notably Mastodon, however I’m not positive if that’s the fault of the protocol or Mastodon’s implementation. Hopefully, we are going to see a greater implementation with Threads.

However extra importantly, protocols which might be broadly used deliver a number of builders to them and people builders deliver a number of totally different concepts and merchandise.

So to me, Threads is about two actually necessary issues:

1/ Competitors for Twitter. Lengthy overdue and badly wanted.

2/ The emergence of a broadly supported social media protocol. Which ought to produce a vibrant and interoperable social media ecosystem.

I’ve acquired some questions in my thoughts about how all of it will work.

What’s going to identification seem like on this “vibrant and interoperable social media ecosystem?” It could’t be and hopefully gained’t be my Instagram deal with. Ideally, it will look one thing like ENS the place each considered one of us will personal and management our personal identification/deal with, like we will personal and management a website title.

Will there be one protocol for all of social media (brief type textual content, lengthy type textual content, audio, video, and so forth)? Will Instagram assist ActivityPub too, for instance?

What position will web3 play in all of this or will web3 social emerge on a distinct dimension totally?

The flexibility to even ask these questions and ponder the solutions is a present to me and to the world. And so, due to this fact, is Threads.

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