Divi Threads the Needle.
While the whole world is waiting for Elon and Zuck to square off in the Colosseum, Zuckerborg threw the first punch by dropping his answer to Twitter, Instagram Threads. As of writing this quick Divi tutorial Threads has already had 70 million signups in less than two days. Impressive Zuckerborg.
But, this is not why we are here and why we are talking about Threads.
Divi will eventually add the social icon for Threads to their Social Media Follow module, but what to do if a client just can’t wait that long? Never happens, right?
Don’t worry, this tutorial will show you how to quickly and easily add it to your Divi site.
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What is Instagram Threads?
Say hello to Instagram’s latest brainchild, Threads! This is Mark Zuckerberg’s fresh-off-the-presses retaliation in this escalating contest between himself and Elon Musk. Threads offers a new lane for real-time chit-chats and public discourse. It’s a haven for everyone, from the content-making pros to the occasional poster, providing a shiny new playground to voice their thoughts through the written word.
Diving into Threads is as uncomplicated as logging in with your existing Instagram credentials. Your Insta persona and verification will effortlessly glide over to Threads, and you’ll even get to jazz up your profile specifically for this spanking new platform. For the young’uns under 16 (or 18 in some places), privacy is top of the list. The moment they hop onto Threads, they’ll automatically be set to a private profile.
Once you’re all settled in on Threads, you’ll find that your feed is a cocktail of the familiar and novel. It’s a mix of posts from your follow-list, plus a sprinkle of recommended content from undiscovered creators. Posts can stretch up to 500 characters and can be jazzed up with links, snapshots, and videos up to 5 minutes long. Sharing a Threads post to your Insta story or any other platform is as breezy as a couple of taps.
Threads is engineered with an emphasis on nurturing positive and fruitful dialogues. You’ll find you hold the reins on who can mention you or respond to your threads. Much like Instagram, Threads gives you the power to add hidden words, letting you sieve out replies containing specific buzzwords. If you ever feel the need to unfollow, block, restrict, or report a profile on Threads, it’s as easy as tapping the triple-dot menu.
Looking into the crystal ball, Threads is aiming to play nice with ActivityPub, the open social networking protocol established by the big shots at the World Wide Web Consortium. This camaraderie will enable Threads to interact with other apps that are buddies with the ActivityPub protocol, like Mastodon and WordPress. This opens up a whole new world of connections that most social apps today can only dream of.
Threads share a few characteristics with Twitter, especially its focus on real-time updates and public banter. So much so actually, word is that uncle Elon has already issued Zuck a cease and desist. All things said Threads seems to kick it up a notch by integrating with Instagram and offering a more curated environment for conversations.
With their sights on the future, Threads is giving users more say over their audience . The game plan is to collaborate with ActivityPub to offer the option to shift content to another service. This means that folks using compatible apps will be able to follow and interact with the Threads crowd without needing a Threads account, and vice versa.
Whether this is just New Twitter (ala Jian-Yang) or the next best thing, that is yet to be seen, but for now, let’s add the icon to our Divi Social Media Follow module.
Add an Instagram Threads social icon to Divi
Adding a Threads icon to the Divi Social Media Follow module is as simple as repurposing the now-defunct Google+ icon which only grandma still has an account on.
So, add the Google+ social icon to your Divi Social Media Follow module and configure your Threads link. You can also set the background color and other basic styling settings. You might need to play with the icon size and padding settings to make it fit with your other social icons.
Next, we need to upload either an SVG or an image of the Threads icon to our site. Just find the one you like or use one of the ones over here on Seek Logo.
Upload it to your Divi site and copy the path to the file.
Lastly, we will add some CSS to swap that relic of a Google+ icon for the Threads icon and we are all set.
Head over to Divi > Theme Options > Custom CSS and add the code below.
And that is all there is to it, champ!
Kitty approves of this Thread…
Just like that, you’re able to show the kids how cool and hip you are by being able to add an Instagram Threads icon to your Divi site before Elegant Themes even noticed they have not added it yet. Good on ya!
Now, I know this is a shorter one for you guys, but I am sure it will help some of you Divi adventurers out there. And I bet most of you are probably surprised this has not been yet another post on AI, but if you are not surprised, check out our series on ChatGPT prompts and Divi Form Builder getting some AI skills.
Catch you in the next one!
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