Threads will get a 'follow only' view soon, says Instagram head

The current Threads home screen features a jumble of unrecognizable blue checkmarks in non-chronological order with no option to change it.


Users who downloaded the new Instagram Threads app on Wednesday afternoon were greeted with an unpleasant surprise. Their home feed was likely filled with numerous users that they don't follow or ones that don't follow them. Worse, there's no option to only display users on a person's follow list. However, that appears to be on the to-do list, according to Instagram head Adam Mosseri.

Instagram head says follow only view is coming soon to Threads.

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When Mosseri was asked on Threads about only being able to see accounts that a user follows, Mosseri replied that it is "on the list." No other details were provided, nor was any timing given.

Threads was originally scheduled to launch on Thursday July 6, 2023, but went live on both the App Store and Google Play storefronts hours ahead of that estimated launch window. The Threads launch comes as Twitter and its owner Elon Musk continue to drive users away with increasingly broken functionality and unpopular ideas, the latest of which will put popular feature TweetDeck behind the Twitter Blue paywall.

However, according to some Threads users, Meta's competitor has a few issues of its own. On top of the home screen, a heavy influx of users has led to the app running slowly for some; some users have already experienced harrassment, due partially to the issues with the home screen; and users have expressed concern with Threads and its handling of privacy. In fact, Threads has not been released in the EU, mainly due to those privacy issues.

Will Threads merely being a more competent Twitter be enough to lure people away from the Musk-owned social media network? We'll continue to watch this story at Shacknews. We'll also watch for anything further regarding the Threads home screen, so keep an eye on our Threads topic page for more.

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    July 5, 2023 8:20 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Threads will get a 'follow only' view soon, says Instagram head

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      July 5, 2023 9:15 PM

      Yeah its pretty pointless right now. I'll check it again once they add a Follow only chronological view.

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      July 6, 2023 12:11 AM

      with so many features unfinished they must have fast tracked this after the twitter rate debacle

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        July 6, 2023 8:33 AM

        I doubt they built it in like... 3 days. I'm sure they've been working on it since Elon started gutting twitter.

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          July 6, 2023 8:45 AM

          Well I mean we knew they’ve been working on it yea. But not having a followed tab seems crazy

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          July 6, 2023 9:03 AM

          I remember when Twitter first launched, developers were kinda indignant that it would become a big thing since it seemed like the sort of thing any developer worth their salt could crank out in an afternoon.

          And we know this because the first version of Twitter was cranked out in an afternoon.

          Granted the technical challenge with Twitter wasn't Webpage + Database + XML feeds + API, the technical challenge was doing a database in a way that didn't keep falling on its face. The sorts of soul crushing joins you have to do when millions of people need timelines sorted at the same time caused so many crashes that the cutesy whale they used as an error page became known as the "fail whale". And the real challenge wasn't even technical, it was getting everyone on board. I remember there was a handful of Twitter competitors and Leo Laporte, who was the #1 most followed person on Twitter, tried to move to one of them because he was mad that his TWiT network shared a similar name but no other competitor had the users so he went back. At some point he was overtaken by this up and rising senator named Barack Obama and that was that.

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      July 6, 2023 8:47 AM

      Most people like algorithmic feeds and a “follow only” view is particularly useless at launch when the network is small so it makes sense this didn’t make the cut for launch

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        July 6, 2023 11:01 AM

        Stalkers like it

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        July 6, 2023 2:08 PM

        Not when people inherently pull in all of the people they were already following on instagram. Pretty silly to launch without it

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      July 6, 2023 1:55 PM

      Kind of surprised it shipped without this.

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        July 6, 2023 2:22 PM

        There's a lot missing. Can't scrub media, or even save it. No hashtags. No follow feed.

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