Why Meta Is Launching Twitter Rival Threads
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July 05 2023

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Why Meta Is Launching Twitter Rival Threads

 This article from Bloomberg may be of interest. Here is a section:

2. Why is Meta launching a Twitter alternative?

Meta is clear about wanting to poach Twitter’s users. Meta Chief Product Officer Chris Cox described Threads as “our response to Twitter” at a companywide meeting in June reported by The Verge. “We’ve been hearing from creators and public figures who are interested in having a platform that is sanely run,” he said. That’s a pointed reference to how Musk has been running the company since he purchased it for $44 billion in October 2022. 

Eoin Treacy's view

When a social media company is as large as Meta Platforms, there are only two ways to grow. The first is how they got so big in the first place. That means capturing a demographic and holding on to them. Facebook users tend to be middle aged; Instagram users are millennials and younger, TikTok has generation Z and Roblox purports to have an even younger generation. Predicting which app today’s children will use most prolifically is a near impossible task but the aforementioned have at least demonstrated staying power.

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