Twitter makes it easy to create tweet threads

Herbert Rhodes
December 13, 2017

In a blog post, Twitter's Product Manager Sasank Reddy explained: "Hundreds of thousands of threads are Tweeted every day". It's a curious sentiment considering Twitter users have been clamoring for years for some kind of edit function and have yet to receive it, but we digress. Another approach for threading tweets within Twitter was to reply to your own tweet and remove the handle.

Threading - sometimes referred to as "tweetstorms" - is the description given to a series of individual tweets linked together. For those reading tweets, there's a new "Show this thread" label. The social media platform lately expanded the 140 character limit to 280 characters with the aim to allow everyone "around the world could express themselves easily in a Tweet", as claimed by the company. The feature has essentially become a Twitter convention at this point - and the company has a history of taking inspiration from its user base in developing new features. To create a thread on Twitter, one, until yesterday, had to tweet something, and then reply to his/her Tweet to build a thread. Third-party Twitter clients, like Tweetbot, will have to be updated to support Threads.

In that case, you'll see an option to "Show this thread". That means you can compose a tweetstorm on Twitter itself and get it all set to go before publishing the whole thing simultaneously with a new "tweet all" button.

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To create a new Thread, type your first tweet and then hit the plus button in the lower right-hand corner of the composer, which will bring up a new area within the composer where you'll have another 280 characters to write.

Twitter has indicated that the threading feature will be rolling out on Android, iOS and the web for all users over the course of the next few weeks.

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