Twitter Rolls Out Long-Awaited Feature

The company is making it easier to post and read threads
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2017 5:45 PM CST
Twitter Rolls Out Long-Awaited Feature
Twitter announced a new function to tweet threads, writing, "This update to threads will be rolling out over the next few weeks, so you can easily connect and Tweet multiple thoughts all at once."   (Twitter)

Reading tweetstorms is about to become a whole lot easier. Coming off the heels of the controversial decision to expand its character limit, Twitter announced Tuesday that it will be rolling out a threads feature over the next few weeks. Threads, which the company describes as “stitching Tweets together to share more information or tell a longer story,” are notoriously clunky to post and read. Add in a few replies from readers, and you’ve got what Wired senior staff writer David Pierce describes as “a mess.” He writes, “unlike Moments, live video, and the algorithmic timeline, threads are something users want to do,” noting that creating this functionality is Twitter's return to a “product changing to suit the way people want to use it.”

Users began posting threads as a workaround for expressing longer chains of thought (or rants) for some time. According to the Verge, the first threads began popping up in 2014 when Twitter started linking replies to tweets. Twitter claims the platform sees “hundreds of thousands of threads” daily. To create a thread using Twitter's new function, users simply click a plus button that appears in the composer window, reports TechCrunch. For readers, long threads will be truncated in timelines with the option to expand. Even with Twitter's expanded character count, users won’t be able to write a novel using this new feature—threads will be cut off after 25 entries. (One crafty user cracked why KFC follows exactly 11 people on Twitter.)

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