Threads Introduces Translation And A Host Of Minor Features
The latest update also brings various enhancements to the activity feed, such as "tappable reposter labels," the ability to subscribe to unfollowed users, and the option to view a list of Instagram followers for any given user.
Threads now boasts of a new update, the translating feature. With a global user base, this feature is invaluable especially for non-English speakers or those residing in countries where the app’s availability was previously limited due to ad business regulations, such as the EU.
Although Instagram’s translation capabilities have been criticized for their occasional nonsensical outputs, Threads aims to bridge the language gap on this international social platform.
Beyond translations, Threads also introduces the “follows tab” on the activity feed. While it may sound revolutionary, it currently only allows users to view their latest Threads followers, which might be somewhat underwhelming for some.
The latest update also brings various enhancements to the activity feed, such as “tappable reposter labels,” the ability to subscribe to unfollowed users, and the option to view a list of Instagram followers for any given user.
However, it’s worth noting that you may need to restart the app or wait until the end of the day to see these changes, as they might not be immediately visible after the update.
Despite Threads’ sleek design, it still lacks certain essential utilities that users expect from a social app.
Accessibility features, like alt text for image descriptions, are notably absent, whereas competitors like Mastodon and Bluesky have already integrated customizable alt text—a crucial aspect of inclusive app design.
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Another prominent request from Threads users is a feed exclusively displaying content from followed individuals.
Currently, the app’s algorithmic approach tends to prioritize brand-heavy content, leaving some users dissatisfied.
While Instagram’s Adam Mosseri has hinted at the development of a follows-only feed, expectations for a completely ad-free or ad-lite chronological feed from Meta should remain tempered, given the company’s track record.
Additionally, Threads’ latest update addresses some important user demands, with the introduction of translations being a notable step towards catering to its diverse global audience.
However, there is still room for improvement, particularly in terms of accessibility features and content curation. As the app continues to evolve, it remains to be seen how Meta will address these concerns and further refine the Threads experience for its growing user base.