Threads starts testing interactive tags without hash symbols: everything you need to know

Threads – the text-based microblogging platform that competes with X (formerly Twitter) – is testing support for tags, a popular feature on the rival messaging service. Tags function similarly to hashtags on X, but do not include the hash symbol. Meta also imposed some limitations on the use of tags on the service. The new tags feature could pave the way for support for trending topics on threads – another feature that is widely used on X.

Instagram head Adam Mosseri and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced The feature was in testing via a Threads post, stating that users in Australia who are part of the test will now be able to tag topics to categorize them. These tags can be based on a specific interest or theme, which suggests they will function similarly to hashtags on Twitter.

three screenshots The user interface shared by Mosseri features a hash button that appears to the right of the microphone button in the post composer on the Threads app. When the button is tapped, you can start typing a word and the app will suggest adding a tag that appears in blue as a hyperlink on the post. However, it appears that you can only add one tag to a post, unlike platforms like X or Mastodon.

It’s also worth noting that the tag suggestions that appear when you’re trying to add a tag to your post will also display the number of posts that include that tag. Threads doesn’t currently offer a dedicated section for trending tags or topics, but the addition of tag support suggests that a trending section could eventually make its way into the app.

Earlier this week, Meta announced that it was introducing support for the ability for users to delete their Threads profile without deleting their Instagram account. Nearly five months after the service launched, users will be able to delete their Threads profile without any impact to their Instagram account, instead of deactivating their account on the text-based social platform.

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