To rectify the oversight, the company codified tweetstorms on Tuesday with Threads, a new messaging feature.
Prolific tweeters like President Trump will soon be able to thread together tweets and publish them at the same time. That description does sort of provide a picture of what users are doing.
A Twitter thread is when someone posts a series of connected posts. Nonetheless, the tweetstorm has become a staple of the platform, allowing people to make the sort of nuanced arguments that Twitter’s famous character limit would otherwise seem to preclude. A few years ago we noticed people creatively stitching Tweets together to share more information or tell a longer story – like this. So users did what came naturally and linked dozens of tweets together by replying to themselves over and over. Twitter hopes its new feature can help organize things – and surely raise engagement in the process. Today, Twitter is making it easy to post these tweetstorms by announcing the launch of a new feature called “Threads”, which is now available across its iOS and Android apps.
Those who now have access to the feature will see a “plus” button, which is used to create Threads. This created a long, and sometimes hard to follow, train of thought. Further tweets can be added after an initial thread is published through another new button, “add another tweet”. Once you have completed the thread, you can then “Tweet All”. “That’s where this update to threads comes in”.
“This shows that more space makes it easier for people to fit thoughts in a Tweet, so they could say what they want to say, and send Tweets faster than before”, Twitter said in a post at the time. This lets you continue to update a thread forever – something Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey already does with his own threads, for example.