Threads Expands into the Fediverse: What You Need to Know About the New Integration

Eleanor Lee


Threads Expands into the Fediverse: What You Need to Know About the New Integration

Threads has now ventured into the realm of the fediverse, with Meta divulging on a Thursday that its beta version facilitating the linkage of Threads profiles with the fediverse is accessible for individuals over 18 sporting public accounts. Initially, this feature was offered in a trio of nations, including the USA, Canada, and Japan.

Back in December, it was revealed by the company that this functionality was under experimentation on Mastodon and platforms that support the ActivityPub protocol.

To engage with this new feature, users should navigate to their account settings and activate the option for fediverse sharing. A subsequent notification will provide insights into what the fediverse represents, detailing it as a network of mutually linked servers. This setup enables users to track and interact with individuals across diverse servers, drawing a parallel with the universal compatibility of email services.

With activation, your Threads profile becomes visible to individuals on alternative servers (like Mastodon), allowing them to express appreciation, replicate, and distribute your content to broader audiences. This feature opens the door to forming connections with users who may prefer other social media platforms over Threads.

Yet, this integration comes with its set of restrictions. For example, interactions such as replies or likes from users on different servers will not be visible within Threads. Additionally, it is not possible to include polls in shared posts. Peter Cottle from Meta, during the recent FediForum conference, highlighted these limitations but also hinted at ongoing efforts to resolve these issues.

Despite these challenges, Meta's initiative to integrate Threads into the decentralized social networking ecosystem marks a significant step, especially considering the app was unveiled merely eight months prior.