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Twitter announces Threads, an official way to tweetstorm

Twitter Threads will roll out to iOS, Android and web in the coming weeks.

  • Published: December 13, 2017 11:16 AM IST
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Twitter is bringing Threads, a simplified interface for creating tweetstorms to its official app in the coming weeks. Threads allows users to create a string of tweets by tapping a new plus button, and tweet them all at once. The feature was first spotted testing in September and remains one of the most requested features apart from edit option. Also Read - Twitter vs Koo: Nigeria government joins India's Koo app after Twitter’s ban in the country

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Twitter users will now see an additional plus button while composing tweet in order to create a thread. Tapping the plus button gives an option for another tweet with 280-character limit. Users can repeat the process until they feel that the thread is complete, and then hit the ‘Tweet all” button. Also Read - Twitter ban: India's alternative Koo now available in Nigeria

Once published, Twitter users can continue adding more tweets to their published thread at any time with the new “Add another Tweet” button. Twitter says once a thread is published, the first tweet will appear as normal in the timeline with up to two more tweets in the threads. Your followers will have to tap “show thread” to see more tweets in a particular thread.

The option to convert tweets into a thread has been available since 2014 when Twitter allowed its users to link tweets by hitting the reply button. However, it evolved into a platform for posting long-form thoughts, and users started demanding a dedicated option for tweetstorming.

Twitter is known for turning user requested features into a full-fledged option on its platform, and threads is only the latest feature to become part of the main app. It follows features like retweet, @reply and hashtag. “Now, hundreds of thousands of threads are Tweeted every day! But this method of Tweeting, while effective and popular, can be tricky for some to create and it s often tough to read or discover all the Tweets in a thread,” Sasank Reddy, Product Manager, Twitter said in a blog post.

The new threads option will come handy for those interested in offering an ongoing commentary for a live event or sharing thoughts on a particular topic. The feature will be rolling out to iOS, Android and web in the coming weeks. Twitter says “threads are a nod to the creativity of the Twitter community”. The announcement comes just few weeks after the company increased the character limit to 280 characters, and now users will be hoping for it to introduce ‘Edit’ option as well.

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  • Published Date: December 13, 2017 11:16 AM IST



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