Is Threads Dead?

Remember when Threads burst onto the scene and everyone thought it was going to be the next big thing? Meta, the tech giant behind Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, seemed to have another hit on their hands, well only to those who chose to ignore the truth. The app was supposed to revolutionize text-based conversations, offering a fresh alternative to the chaotic feeds of Twitter (now known as X) specifically. For a brief moment, many thought that Threads was going to do just that. But then, reality set in.

The Hype

At first, Threads was the talk of the town. It rode in on the wave of Meta’s massive user base, promising a more intimate and meaningful way to connect. The idea was simple yet appealing: threaded conversations that allowed for deeper, more organized discussions. It was a breath of fresh air in the noisy world of social media, and people were curious. Downloads skyrocketed, and it felt like everyone was talking about Threads. With it’s seamless integration with one of Meta’s biggest platforms, Instagram, Threads seemed like it had the potential as just being another part of Instagram, not as it’s own independent platform.

The Fade Out

But, as with many things that start with a bang, Threads couldn’t keep the momentum going. The surge of interest began to fade away. Users who were once excited about the platform started to drift away, going back to their normal lives on Instagram. Engagement plummeted, and the app started to feel like a ghost town and it still feels like one. Even the biggest accounts on Threads, which you’d expect to have massive followings, remained surprisingly small compared to their Instagram or Twitter counterparts. The spark just didn’t catch on.

So with this decline in activity, one of it’s biggest hits came. The influencers and celebrities who flocked to Threads early on didn’t see the same follower numbers they enjoyed on other platforms. For example, a major celebrity who might have millions of followers on Instagram only managed to pull in a fraction of that on Threads. This stark difference highlighted a major issue: Threads wasn’t and still isn’t resonating with users in the way Meta had hoped. To prove this, here are screenshots of Mark Zuckerberg’s accounts on Threads and Instagram.

The Current State

Fast forward to today, and it’s clear that Threads is in trouble. User engagement is practically non-existent. Conversations that once had potential are now met with crickets. The lack of unique features and compelling reasons to stick around has led many to abandon ship. Without significant updates or innovations, Threads is struggling to stay relevant in an already crowded social media landscape.


Threads came in hot but fizzled out just as quickly. The app’s failure to build and maintain a large, engaged user base has left it teetering on the edge of obscurity. The biggest reason that I believe to have caused this is that this app was made to be some alternative from X (Twitter) but Meta’s biggest mistake was that they believed they were capable of doing this, I mean just imagine someone making a knock-off version of Facebook, who’d use it? Noone. While it’s not completely dead yet, it’s certainly on life support. Unless Meta can pull off some major changes, Threads might soon be a footnote in the history of social media, another example of what could have been.

So, is Threads dead? Not officially, but it’s definitely not looking good. It’s a cautionary tale of how even the biggest companies can stumble in the ever-evolving world of social media. Only time will tell if Threads can make a comeback or if it’s destined to fade into obscurity.

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