Twitter is now making tweetstorms an official feature

Tweetstorms Twitter

Twitter is to add a new button to make it easier to post a series of tweets on a single topic. Further tweets can be added after an initial thread is published through another new button, "add another tweet". "That's why we're thrilled to share that we're making it simpler to thread Tweets together, and to find threads, so it's easier to express yourself on Twitter and stay informed".

To create a Twitter thread compose your first tweet as normal, then instead of tapping the "Tweet" button, tap the + button now located in the lower right hand corner of the mobile app. For those reading tweets, there's a new "Show this thread" label.

This new update will be rolling out to all users over the next few weeks so make sure your app is up to date. The all-at-once tweetstorm also removes one of the unique virtues of the form, which New Republic editor Jeet Heer extolled in 2014: the ability to respond to feedback in near real time, as you write, and to let it influence the course of your published thoughts.

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Threads were originally invented by Twitter's user base, which previously also came up with hash tags and retweets. "That's where this update to threads comes in!" Imagine some teen composing a twenty-tweet long thread about how much they hate somebody and dumping it on the internet. Threads help make the river of tweets in users' timelines more navigable, and also allow the company to play to its strengths as a source for breaking news and commentary.

Users have adopted the tweetstorm for a number of reasons - to tell personal, suspenseful or amusing stories via Twitter, to connect facts surrounding breaking news, to rant about politics or other issues, or even to just make a longer post more readable and easier to follow.

A Twitter thread is a string of tweets sent as a reply to each other.

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