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Jack Shepherd Co-Founder & Marketing Director
Updated on 24 Jul 2023

Social Media Industry Round-Up #44: Threads vs Twitter, Improved Reels Templates, New Video Features for Facebook & Pinterest Deep Links

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Threads vs Twitter

It’s no surprise that Threads, due to being a new social media platform, has seen higher engagement rates than its direct competitor, Twitter.

But we have to keep in mind that Threads is brand new, with potentially higher levels of activity over the launch period than it'll see on an ongoing basis.

      Threads is the Fastest App to Reach 100M Users

      Last week we shared that Threads was the fastest-ever app to reach 100M users, which took only 5 days. The team at Visual Capitalist have created a list of how long it took different platforms to reach the same number.

      See it in more detail

      Tighter Rate Limits on Threads

      In order to combat spam attacks, Adam Mosseri has announced that they’ll tighten rate limits on Threads. This was also a recent update on Twitter that users didn’t take well, but its main purpose is to protect users and avoid data scraping.

      EU Access to Threads

      Instagram Chief, Adam Mosseri, has confirmed that it’ll be ‘many months’ until Threads is available in the EU due to expanding requirements of the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which protects customer privacy and control over data usage, as well as mitigates monopoly-type behaviour.

      Improved Reels Template Options

      Instagram wants to encourage its users to create more short-form video content, so they’re making it easier to discover and use Reels templates.

      • Improved Template Browser process: It will be organised by ‘Recommended’, ‘Trending’ and ‘Saved Templates’.
      • Improved template editing process: To better map the creation flow.

      New Video Features on Facebook

      Facebook is renaming its ‘Watch’ tab to ‘Video’ to be more representative of its expanded video offerings which include Reels, long-form videos and Live.

      They’ve also redesigned its video Explore feature to highlight popular video topics, which will be a mix of human curation and algorithm recommendations.

      Ads Transparency Library on TikTok

      TikTok has finally launched an ads transparency library, so you can have a look at competitors, partners and other brands for ad inspiration.

      This library will include:

      • Ad creative
      • Dates ad ran
      • Ad targeting used
      • The number of people served the ad
      Have a look at the library

      TikTok Passkey Access on iOS

      To improve account security, TikTok has introduced passkey access for iOS users, which includes Face and Touch ID.

      TikTok Music Licensing Agreement with Warner Music

      TikTok has gained the license to Warner’s full music library for use on TikTok, TikTok Music, CapCut, and in TikTok’s Commercial Music Library. This is not only beneficial for brands wanting to use trending copyrighted music, but also an opportunity for Warner artists.

      Read more about it

      Pinterest Deep Links

      In order to increase traffic from the app and encourage users to convert, Pinterest has introduced deep links for ads that will redirect users directly to the brand’s app.

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