After rolling out the long-awaited character count expansion on tweets last November, Twitter is making it easier for users to publish longer content by officially unveiling "threads." Announced via an official blog post on Tuesday, the new feature will let users stitch together a series of tweets as a native feature on the platform.
Similar to the retweet, "@reply," and hashstags, "threads" is another example of Twitter’s willingness to adopt features born out of user demand. Affectionately known as "tweetstorms," people have been stringing together content for years as a workaround for Twitter’s character count limitations.
Users often use tweetstorms to tell a long narrative, add updates to breaking news, extend rant to multiple episodes, or simply cut long posts into easily digestible parts.
Source: Business Insider
Users previously needed to reply to a published tweet to create to share more information. Now, they can use the "+" button to add a new tweet in the composer, which they can do multiple times. This means you can publish an entire thread all at once.
A line in the composer will represent a tweet in the thread and each will have the same limits and capabilities of a regular tweet. This means a 280-character count limit and the ability to add images and videos while in the composer. After finishing a tweet, simply tap or click the "+" button to start a new line.
Threads also lets people add new tweets to older threads, something the company's CEO, Jack Dorsey, is a fan of. To do this, select a tweet or thread and click or tap the option to "Add another Tweet" at the bottom part of the screen.
To avoid cluttering your timeline, Twitters says that a thread with two or three tweets will appear on the timeline connected by a line, but a thread with more than three tweets will be truncated. Currently, there is a 25-tweet limit to a thread, but it might be updated based on user response.
A "Show this thread" label will make it easier for users to identify a thread and will remove the need for creators to add "1/x" label to every tweet in a series. Users simply click or tap on the label to expand it.
Twitter users are loving the new 280-character count expansion on tweets, and threads is another example of the platform’s commitment to letting users have their say. The new threads feature will be available to both desktop and mobile users in the coming weeks.