ANKARA, TURKEY – JULY 4, 2023 – The Threads logo is displayed on a mobile phone screen in front of a computer screen which shows the Instagram logo.

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Yuan Twitter will officially launch Threads, its text-based Twitter competitor, on Thursday, but for those of you who want to be an early adopter, there’s now a way to get your invite.

The social media giant, which owns Instagram and Facebook, is launching its new app just days after Elon Musk said Twitter would temporarily limit the number of tweets users can read. The rate limits have prompted users to turn to competing apps like Bluesky, which is backed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, which experienced “record-high traffic” on Saturday.

But while Bluesky is still in invite-only beta, Meta doesn’t appear to have restrictions on who can use Threads other than requiring an Instagram account.While the app is set to launch in the U.S. on Thursday, EU users will reportedly have to wait.

Here’s how you can get started.

1. Open the Instagram app and search for “Threads”

Open the Instagram app and click the magnifying glass icon in the lower left corner to open the Explore page.

Type the word “Threads” into the search bar and you should see a ticket emoji appear on the far right.

2. Click on the “Acknowledge a” ticket in the search bar

Click the “Acknowledge a” ticket and your Threads invite will appear. The invitation includes your username, Threads launch date and time, a QR code, a numeric code, and a “Get Threads” button at the bottom of the screen that takes you to the App Store.

Although Threads is listed on the App Store, it’s not yet available for download.

3. Open your profile, click on the three lines

If you don’t see Tickets in the search bar, you can also access Invites by clicking the three lines in the upper right corner of your profile.

The “Threads” option will appear near the top of the drop-down menu. Click it to view your invitation.

As of now, your Threads username is the same as your Instagram username. It’s unclear if that could be changed, and users will learn more once the app officially launches on Thursday.

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