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Threads gets 3 much-needed features added

Threads has been consistently adding new features to its platform, but like any new social app, it could use more.

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Mark Zuckerberg broke the news on Wednesday, revealing that Threads will now support custom alt text, a mention button, and the ability to share posts directly to Instagram DMs.

Here’s another thing that’s going unmentioned. Publishers like KnowTechie and countless others can now embed Threads on our websites, which obviously means Threads is now available on desktop devices. Check it out below:

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Custom alt text has been added to improve accessibility in Threads. To use this feature, simply tap on an image or video while creating a post and select the “Alt” button.

Although the mention button is not yet accessible to all users, sharing a Thread to Instagram DMs is pretty self-explanatory.

To share a Thread to Instagram DMs, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the paper plane icon.
  2. Select “Send on Instagram.
This image is showing the options available for sharing content on different social media platforms. Full text: send on instagram add to story (+) post to feed × tweet i̇k
Image: KnowTechie

Threads has been consistently adding new features to its platform, including things like a desktop version and a Following feed. However, but like any new social app, it could use more.

For example, Threads still doesn’t support features like hashtags, direct messaging, and a search function. We know it’s still early, but if you’re trying to dethrone an app like Twitter, this should have been developed when the app launched.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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