Threads for researchers

Threads is a brand new social media platform that describes itself as a positive and creative space to share ideas and have public conversations.

An overview of Threads

  • Login to Threads using your Instagram account
  • Text updates can be shared in posts of up to 500 characters
  • Posts can include links, photos and up to 5 minutes worth of video
  • Core accessibiliy features are enabled, such as screen reader support and AI generated image descriptions
  • Posts from Threads can be easily shared to your Instagram story
  • Share your post from Threads as a link on platforms
  • Take control of who can mention you or reply to you, or add hidden words to filter out replies that contain specific words

Next for Threads

Developments are underway to make Threads compatible with open, interoperable social networks, and with future aims to develop interoperability of threads with platforms such as WordPress. Future developments also include improved search capability and feed recommendations.

How to get started

Download Threads

  1. Download Threads from the Google Play store or Apple store, using your iPhone or Android, for free
  2. Alternatively, if you have an Instagram account, tap the three links in the top right corner, open Settings, then click Threads, to be directed to the app store.

Login to Threads using Instagram

You'll need an existing Instagram account to get access to Threads, where your username and verification will carry over upon login, but you will still have the option to edit your Threads profile.

When you open Threads on your mobile device, use the button at the bottom of the screen to login to Instragram.

Make your profile matter

  • Add a photograph to your profile
  • Write a short bio to explain your research in lay terms
  • Add links to any relevant sources, such as project website or blog
  • Choose whether you want a public or private profile. A public profile can help you to gain wider interest in your research
  • Make your content accessible

    Use the accessible content checklist to create a blog that is quicker and easier for everyone to understand and use, regardless of individal need. Making your online content accessibleis also a legal rquirement for universities. It's simple to do and makes a big difference.

  • Photographs of people can be considered personal data. Ask for written consent to use photographs and archive this information for the future.
  • Different types of material have their own copyright frameworks. Read the University’s copyright policy and guidelines and email for advice
  • Connect with others

    You can start following other accounts in two ways:

    • Follow all of the accounts your already follow on Instagram
    • Manualluy select to follow accounts from within Threads (which will appear as 'pending' until they've joined).

    Start sharing

  • Add text of up to 500 characters
  • Upload an image or up to 5 minutes of video.
  • Engage with your audience

  • Engage with your audience to keep them interested in your research
  • Ask for opinions when you share your next post
  • Set your followers a challenge so they actively engage with your work
  • Respond to comments or direct messages to show you appreciate feedback.
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