After testing it for a few months, Twitter has officially announced its new feature called ‘Threads’ to help users post tweetstorms in an easier manner. The feature is designed to link series of related tweets that portray a story that’s difficult to express in a single tweet.
Often users on Twitter share several tweets related to a certain topic which is known as ‘tweetstorm’. Recently users got a higher character limit per tweet after Twitter doubled the limit to 280 characters a few weeks ago. And with the new Threads feature, it has now simplified the tweetstorm concept allowing users to “serialize a longer story or give an ongoing commentary on an event or topic.”
We’re introducing an easier way to Tweet a thread! 👇 pic.twitter.com/L1HBgShiBR
— Twitter (@Twitter) December 12, 2017
The thread feature is easy to use. Twitter has put a new plus (“+”) button in the compose window that allows you to type-in and add more tweets to the original tweet in the thread. You can also add images, GIFs, videos etc to the tweets in the thread just like you do with individual tweets on Twitter. Interestingly, while sharing thoughts on a thread, you can edit your tweets as they are in draft format. Once you are done, just tap the “Tweet all” button that you will see at the top right corner.
There is another button called “Add Another Tweet” that lets you add new tweets to the threads already published. While sharing a long string of tweets will now become easier, in certain cases, it might make a clutter on the Twitter timeline. Thankfully, Twitter has put a “Show this thread” option that expands the full thread and even helps search a series of linked tweets.
The current entry limit for each thread is 25 according to Twitter but it may change depending on how the feature is adopted by users. Twitter says that the new Threads feature will be rolling out on Android, iOS and the web in coming weeks.