Twitter, months after increasing their character limit, unveiled a new feature for users to build “tweetstorms” by linking posts together. Now, users can create threads without replying to their own tweets. Twitter threads or tweetstorms are generally rapid succession tweets written by someone intent on writing more than allowed by the character limit.
In a blog post, Product Manager of Twitter Sasank Reddy said, “A few years ago we noticed people creatively stitching Tweets together to share more information or tell a longer story.” In the latest announcement, Twitter revealed an easier way for users to thread tweets together. Using the plus icon in the bottom right corner of the tweet, tweets can be added to one another to create a thread. Users can also add more tweets or come back to the thread at any time.
“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 blog further added.
A new “Tweet All” option is also being introduced which will allow users to create multiple posts in a thread and publish the entire thread at once. Followers can easily spot such threaded tweets on the microblogging platform with “Show this thread” label. The new features will be available for all Android and iOS devices and the web in the next coming weeks.
Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey also tweeted the announcement
Launching tweetstorms/threads today! Thank you to everyone who helped create and refine this format on Twitter. https://t.co/aKjkcvvIdz
— jack (@jack) December 12, 2017
However, one of the early investors of Twitter, Chris Sacca, replied to Jack Dorsey’s tweet asking for a more serious approach on trolls and means to stop the rapid spread of fake news on social media platforms.
This will make some of the thoughtful longform posts on Twitter more accessible to a broader range of people. Good. But not sure why it launched before you make more moves to reduce hate speech, ban Nazis, eliminate Russian trolls, and stop the spread of fake news.
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) December 12, 2017
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