Twitter officially recognizes tweetstorms with a new threads feature

Twitter officially recognizes tweetstorms with a new threads feature

Twitter is making it possible for users to keep updating the thread once it has been published. The form rose to new prominence in the aftermath of the 2016 election, when it became a platform for longer-form discussion of current events. The need for an official thread feature has been apparent for years: third-party developers have been building apps to thread tweets since at least 2008.

Until now, there weren't many options to string multiple tweets together. Not only does the essay still have to come in chunks of 280 characters or less-any of which might be read or quoted out of context by others-but writing it that way means that you can't substantially edit or add to the top of your essay without messing up everything that comes after it.

Twitter tells us there's now 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. The microblogging company has been lately trying to make more users engage in tweets and compose it.

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How do you thread tweets?

Twitter on Tuesday announced a set of changes that will make the Twitter essay, also known as the tweetstorm or thread, a core feature rather than a workaround. You can start typing a tweet and if you realize you have more to say - either because you've run out of space and don't want to have to reword things, or because you think of something else you'd like to add - you can simply add a secondary tweet. That'll bring up a new field within the composer so that you can get another 280 characters to continue expressing yourself. However, it can be tough to discover all the tweets in a thread or even make one in the first place. The entire series of tweets will publish all at once, in the order that you typed them. With this feature, Twitter will automatically space out the tweets, so they don't all appear at once.

Twitter said that now there is a limit of 25 entries in a thread, but that limitation could increase depending on how the feature is adopted by the wider user base. The update will arrive for everyone in the coming weeks.

In that case, you'll see an option to "Show this thread".

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