Twitter Creates New Way To Thread Tweets

Twitter Creates New Way To Thread Tweets

Tweetstorms or Twitter threads have been used as a workaround for getting past a tweet's character limit in order to share longer posts. With the "Show this thread" feature, users can follow the thread from the beginning and view the entire thread.

Twitter announced Tuesday it's introducing a feature allowing users to tie multiple tweets together in a single thread. If you want to update a thread later, open it and hit "add another tweet" in the thread. Recently users got a higher character limit per tweet after Twitter doubled the limit to 280 characters a few weeks ago. "But we know people also may want to serialize a longer story or thought, or provide ongoing commentary on an event or topic", the post said. Or they'd say outright the tweet was part of an incoming thread. Thus they can be posted in a sing thread at the same time now. With this feature, Twitter will automatically space out the tweets, so they don't all appear at once.

Between this and the new, higher character limit, Twitter is becoming a platform for essays and reflection in addition to breaking news, jokes, quips, and asides. The firm has made moves to increase transparency around advertising, clarify its rules about what violates its terms and conditions and is changing its criteria for verifying users.

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Twitter has built a way for people to string tweets together in a sequence that many users would recognize as a "tweetstorm". Back then, Marc Andreessen, a venture capitalist, had begun threading like no other.

Technically, it's not called a tweetstorm. "Now, hundreds of thousands of threads are Tweeted every day!" The @reply, the hashtag, and the RT were all launched as official products based on patterns of user behavior, for example. Therefore, more tweetstorms should equal more engagement. Commenting on the availability of this feature, Twitter notes, "We're rolling out these updates to everyone on iOS, Android, and in the coming weeks". As always, use caution and don't "thread" if you don't have to.