Twitter’s 140 character count limit (a restriction Twitter recently doubled to 280) didn’t allow the users to share their longer thoughts on the online platform. So, the users have started to adopt the tweetstorms – series of connected tweets to share their longer thoughts. And soon, it has grown to become a popular workaround.
Last month, the Twitter team, who usually takes inspiration from its user base in developing new features, has confirmed that it was testing the feature (across its iOS and Android apps) that will allow people to more easily post tweetstorms.
On Tuesday, Twitter announced the launch of this new feature. Threads, as the company is calling them, lets you string together tweets by tapping a new “Plus” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the tweet composer.
We’re introducing an easier way to Tweet a thread! 👇 pic.twitter.com/L1HBgShiBR
— Twitter (@Twitter) December 12, 2017
While writing out your tweetstorm, you can go back and edit the tweets at any time as they are still in draft format. When you are ready to post, tap the “Tweet all” button at the top and you are done!
You can even add more tweets after it already posted, by clicking “Add another Tweet.” This lets you continue to update a thread forever. And your followers will be able to spot a thread by the “Show this thread” label.
Twitter says that there is currently a limit of 25 entries in a thread, but that number may be subject to change depending on how the feature is adopted by the wider user base.
“A few weeks ago, we expanded our character count to make it easier for people to fit what they’re thinking into a Tweet. But we know people also may want to serialize a longer story or thought, or provide ongoing commentary on an event or topic. That’s where this update to threads comes in,” the company said in a blog post.
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