Twitter officially introduces threads: Here's what it means and how it works

Kelley Robertson
December 14, 2017

TWITTER HAS announced another disturbance in its force (note apt cultural reference) and as with all the best ones, it has come from user behaviour, not from its desperate attempts to make itself profitable. You can start typing a tweet and if you realize you have more to say - either because you've run out of space and don't want to have to reword things, or because you think of something else you'd like to add - you can simply add a secondary tweet.

The new feature which follows the recent doubling of the character limit on the platform is being seen as a fundamental change in how it operates.

In November, Twitter doubled the character limit for tweets from 140 to 280, in a major shift.

The aim of Twitter to add multiple tweets is to connect their thoughts and give meaning and sense to related tweets.

Twitter says "hundreds of thousands of threads" are posted daily. You can also add images, GIFs, videos etc to the tweets in the thread just like you do with individual tweets on Twitter. Tapping on the button allows the user to write further Tweets in the same thread.

How to thread your tweets togetherWhat is a tweetstorm? The posts will remain short and meaningful in a thread as well, but they can now be connected together.


Twiter is now rolling out official support for threads, otherwise referred to as tweet-storms.

Twitter has launched a new feature: the ability to thread tweets.

The new threading tool will roll out to all users in the "coming weeks", Reddy said. When you're all done, you've to just tap the "Tweet all" button at the top.

It hasn't always been clear when a tweet was part of a series or in what order tweets should be read, and it is common to encounter a post in the middle of a rant without realizing it's part of a string.

On the other side, readers get the "show this thread" button when someone sends out a tweetstorm. Twitter has put a new plus ("+") button in the compose window that allows you to type-in and add more tweets to the original tweet in the thread.

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