Twitter Announces Threads, Its Native Tweetstorm Implementation

Twitter Announces Threads, Its Native Tweetstorm Implementation

After testing it for a few months, Twitter has officially announced its new feature called "Threads" to help users post tweetstorms in an easier manner. It allowed users to make a tweet with up to 280 characters, doubling the original 140-character limit.

It's unclear why Twitter went with "threads" rather than "tweetstorms". But rather than further increasingly the length of tweets, the site has instead introduced another feature users have been begging for - threading. Threads, on the other hand, is more like the hashtag - something that happened organically that was then written into official Twitter dogma. Additionally, it's now simpler to spot a thread - we've added an obvious "Show this thread" label. You can also post or add the same amount of media such as videos, GIFs, images, and more with your individual tweet in the thread. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen began threading enthusiastically soon afterward, and some have called him "the father of the tweetstorm".

Threads, however, isn't altogether a new feature addition as the same has already been available in Twitter for long, though unofficially.

"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", a post on Twitter's blog said. Now it's doing that again by adding features that encourage self-reply chains and make it possible to publish such a thread all at once, rather than one tweet at a time.

"Twitter's reputation as a place for quick, pithy thoughts took another blow on Tuesday", Recode commented while reporting on the new feature.

Twitter's recent changes suggest the company wants its users to communicate with more nuance.

Things are also getting easier from the reader's side. And with the new Threads feature, it has now simplified the tweetstorm concept allowing users to "serialize a longer story or give an ongoing commentary on an event or topic".