Twitter Announces Threads, Its Native Tweetstorm Implementation

Twitter Announces Threads, Its Native Tweetstorm Implementation

Twitter’s usually ahead of the curve when it comes to social media trends. It pioneered the use of the pound sign (“#”) for hashtags, and it designated the “@” shorthand for mentions. But one trend it didn’t predict was “tweetstorms,” the multiple-tweet-long messages that exceed Twitter’s character limit. To rectify the oversight, the company codified tweetstorms on Tuesday with Threads, a new messaging feature.

Threads, which will go live in the coming weeks on iOS, Android, and the Web, will appear as a “+” icon when you’re composing a tweet. After you write your Tweet, tapping on said icon and will add additional Tweets to your thread. And Threads from other Twitter users will have a new “Show this thread” label, making them easier to spot.

Tweetstorms, for the uninitiated, are a collection of tweets meant to be read in a certain order. In the past, they were used to get around Twitter’s old 140-character limit when a longer and more detailed explanation was needed, but the network’s decision to double the character limit to 280 has obviated the need for tweetstorms somewhat. Still, they’re not an infrequent phenomenon.

You’ll occasionally see something like “(1/#)” at the start or end of a tweet — that’s what gives a tweetstorm away. The Twitter user in question replies to the previous tweet in the thread, and the tweetstorm’s born — getting the whole message requires reading through it from start to finish.

Twitter’s been working on a native way to self-thread messages, and it shipped in a production Twitter app on Android. It was hidden from public view because it wasn’t ready to go live, but we published a tutorial showing how enable it with Xposed. Now, that’s no longer necessary.

Via: The Next Web Source: Twitter

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