Over the last few months, you might have noticed how Twitter was testing a feature which allowed users to go into tweetstorms. It turns out the test went well, as the platform decided to adopt this feature. It is called Threads, and it lets you gather one tweet after another with the help of a plus button.
Twitter now lets you go on tweetstorms
It all started with the bigger character limit for tweets. When questioned about it, Twitter said it understood that some people might have more things to express, and the initial character limit wasn’t enough. However, sometimes, not even a longer tweet would be enough.
Some users might want to express their thoughts on a more complex matter, which requires them to go into tweetstorms. From now on, if they want to get more detailed on an event or situation, they can add more to their initial tweet with the Thread feature.
Once you select this Thread option, the feed will display your first tweet followed by one or two additional ideas. If people want to see the entire tweetstorm, all they have to do is tap the option “show this thread”.
The Thread option was created by users
Twitter said this Thread option is among those features inspired by users. Among other such options, there is the retweet, hashtag, or the @ mention, which have now become iconic for the social media service.
In fact, the tweetstorm craze started in 2014, when Twitter allowed replies to be displayed immediately after the tweet in question. However, this behavior reached its peak in 2016, soon after the election. This was the moment when Twitter became a widely used platform for discussion on serious matters.
As people keep leaving replies to tweets, they form several thousands of threads every day. Therefore, this feature which allowed tweetstorms was more than necessary, and it was expected that Twitter should adopt it one day.
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