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Threads unveils live API test, enhancing social media management

Explore how Threads' live API test is transforming social media management, enabling post scheduling in third-party apps.

Meta's Twitter-like platform, Threads, has embarked on an exciting phase, initiating a live test of its API with select partners. This introduces novel capabilities like post scheduling in some third-party , a boon for social media managers and a potential boost for Threads' user engagement.

Transforming social media management

Jesse Chen, an engineer at Threads, revealed that the team has collaborated with various third-party platforms for this initial testing phase. The API, which has been in development for several months, allows users to authenticate, publish threads, and access their content via these tools. Upcoming features include reply moderation and insights, aiming to enrich user experience.

The testing involves a handful of partners: Grabyo, Hootsuite, Social Newsdesk, Sprinklr, Sprout Social, Techmeme, and some independent developers. This integration facilitates easier management of Threads presence for brands and publishers and introduces analytics, offering more profound insights into user engagement.

Balancing engagement and content quality

Threads, aspiring to create a friendlier and more engaging platform than Twitter, remains cautious in its feature rollout. Despite needing to expand its content avenues for growth, it avoids common pitfalls like chronological search and Trending Topics. Adam Mosseri, head of Threads, emphasises caution to prevent the platform from becoming a haven for spammers and scammers.

Learning from Meta's experiences with Facebook, where divisive politics soured user experience, Mosseri and his team are exploring alternative growth strategies. Their careful approach in rolling out the API aims to prevent misuse by malicious actors while striving to make Threads a more positive space.

The future direction of Threads

Threads isn't merely attempting to replicate Twitter; it seeks to forge a new path. This is evident in Mosseri's proposal of unique features like auto-archiving posts after 30 days despite user resistance. The platform's cautious approach to feature implementation, like its API, reflects Meta's intent to test new user engagement theories.

However, for social media managers, the immediate benefit lies in the newfound ability to schedule posts via management apps, a significant enhancement for content planning. The Threads team anticipates a broader API launch by the end of June, marking a step forward in their cautious yet innovative journey.

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Gabriela Gavrailova
Gabriela Gavrailova
Gabriela is a freelance news editor at Tech Edition, where she writes about technology and often does listicles and product reviews. Based in Austria, Gabriela is a person with many and diverse hobbies. If you don't find her reading a book at home or baking something, she will probably be out hiking or taking some classes to learn a new skill.

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