In a significant development, Meta’s Threads app is introducing new features, including GIFs and polls. These updates were announced by Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, through Threads. Zuckerberg even engaged with user queries about the availability of these features by using GIFs and polls himself. Both GIFs and polls are now accessible on the Threads app and web platform.
Before this update, Threads users had to use workarounds like third-party keyboards or copy-pasting from other sources to post GIFs, which often resulted in a less-than-smooth experience. However, the app has now made it effortless with a native GIF button placed next to the image gallery button in the post-creation window. This new feature provides users with access to a searchable GIPHY library, offering a wide range of GIF options.
Threads also introduces interactive polls, allowing users to create polls with up to four options and control who can participate. These polls remain open for 24 hours, and only participants can view the results as they come in. The poll button is represented by three horizontal lines on the post-creation toolbar. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, expressed excitement for these additions, emphasizing that polls empower users to invite others to share their opinions on various topics.
In addition to GIFs and polls, Threads is testing view counts to help users gauge how their posts resonate with their community. Pinned posts, a feature already present on Instagram, are also receiving enhancements on Threads, allowing users to pin a reply to their posts.
These new features are part of Threads’ ongoing efforts to enhance user experience and engagement. With the addition of GIFs and polls, users can now easily express themselves and interact with others on the platform.