Twitter introduces 'threading' feature to link tweets

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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.

Additionally, users can continue adding more tweets to any thread they've already tweeted with the new "Add Another Tweet" button. You can also add images, GIFs, videos etc to the tweets in the thread just like you do with individual tweets on Twitter.

TechCrunch reports that there's now a limit of 25 entries in a thread, but that number may be subject to change depending on how the feature is adopted by the wider user base.

If you post a thread, the first tweet will appear in the timeline as normal, along with up to two more tweets from the thread.

This feature is going live in the Android and iOS versions of the app, as well as Twitter's website.

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Threads are the latest user-created feature to become an official Twitter product. With the "add another tweet" button, users get to update their previous tweet thread continuously. When writing your tweetstorm, you can also go back and edit the tweets at any time while they're still in draft format.

Threads are a popular way of expressing thoughts and telling stories too long for even the new 280 character limit to contain. With the new feature, Twitter makes stitching a thread an easier process, which wasn't one until now.

A related change makes it easier to add to an already published tweet or thread, which used to require hitting the "reply" button. These are series of connected tweets was originally devised as a way to get past Twitter's character count limit, but has since caught on.

You could include a number in each tweet to indicate the order the tweets were supposed to be read, or you could just publish a series of tweets and leave it up to other users to discover their proper order. But a recent study from SocialFlow said that longer tweets are more preferred by Twitter users as compared to shorter tweets.

The update to threads is an extension of this, allowing users to serialise a longer story or thought, or provide ongoing commentary as an event or topic unfolds.