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Twitter Officially Launches 'Threads,' a New Feature For Easily Posting Tweetstorms (techcrunch.com) 47

New submitter FatdogHaiku writes: For those people that must use multiple tweets to rant (or educate) on Twitter, a feature called "Threads" is being rolled out to aid in creating "tweetstorms" (i.e. gang tweets). Given how tweetstorms are normally used, how about we call them twitphoons? TechCrunch explains just how easy to use the new threads feature is: "There's now a new plus ('+') button in the composer screen where you can type out your series of tweets. Each line represents one tweet, with a character limit of 280 as per usual. You can also add the same amount of media -- like GIFs, images, videos, and more -- to any individual tweet in the thread, as you could on Twitter directly. When you're finished with one tweet, you just tap in the space below to continue your thread. While writing out your tweetstorm, you can go back and edit the tweets at any time as they're still in draft format. When you're ready to post, you tap the 'Tweet all' button at the top to send the stream to Twitter. (Twitter will pace the tweets' posting a bit so they don't all hit at once.)"

"In addition, another handy feature allows you to go back and update a thread by adding new tweets after it already posted," adds TechCrunch. "To do so, you'll write out the new tweet after tapping the 'Add another Tweet' button. This lets you continue to update a thread forever -- something Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey already does with his own threads, for example. Twitter tells us there's currently 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."
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Twitter Officially Launches 'Threads,' a New Feature For Easily Posting Tweetstorms

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  • can monopolize conversations without suffering opposing views
    now THERE'S a great idea!
    • Or maybe he'll finally have the chance to say enough where people realize he's a twat...

      • Love the POTUS, or hate him, it seems crystal clear he's been able to disseminate enough information for most everyone to form their own opinion.

        Also, too, and either... he's no twat, he's the grabber of twat.

    • I wonder how long it took Twitter to implement this feature request from the Trump-hole.
  • Given how they are usually used, "twit-storms" might be a better name.

  • by jbridges ( 70118 ) on Tuesday December 12, 2017 @06:29PM (#55728625)

    The domain has changed, not tttthreads.com anymore, but still works fine:
    https://threadreaderapp.com/ [threadreaderapp.com]

    Not limited to 25 messages, not controlled by twitter.

  • Chat and Forums. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by 0100010001010011 ( 652467 ) on Tuesday December 12, 2017 @06:40PM (#55728681)

    Those that fail to study IRC and Usenet are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.

    • Seems like Twitter is inching ever closer to a blog platform. PSSSST! Jack: it has been done already.

      • Trying to follow Twitter 'threads' and hashtags reminds me of trying to follow conversation in a large IRC channel. Pound sign and all.

        People replying to each other, not reading what others write, it's just a bunch of people shouting into a vacuum.

        • by lucm ( 889690 )

          a bunch of people shouting into a vacuum.

          That's twitter and youtube in a nutshell. "Broadcast yourself", as if anyone cares. It has become so meaningless and void of relevant content that even moms no longer care about what their kids post.

          • Youtube is the worst. A ton of 'micro bloggers' competing for a fixed number of eye balls.

            The worst side affect of that is it's damn near impossible to find a good tutorial on multiple subjects these days. I don't want to watch a 10:01 video (10min the minimum time for ads?) to figure out how to delid my processor or do something on my ardunio, raspberry pi, 3D printer, etc.

            What happened to a single page tutorial with written instructions and pictures that I could follow or even print out?

      • Seems like Twitter is inching ever closer to a blog platform. PSSSST! Jack: it has been done already.

        Once upon a time, they considered themselves a micro-blogging platform. Guess they are just getting a little less micro.

    • by lucm ( 889690 )

      But what about slack?

      *giggles*

    • by Chelloveck ( 14643 ) on Wednesday December 13, 2017 @10:26AM (#55731705) Homepage
      I'm waiting for #alt_binaries where people post ripped blu-rays to twitter one base64 line at a time.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    While writing out your tweetstorm, you can go back and edit the tweets at any time as they're still in draft format. When you're ready to post, you tap the 'Tweet all' button at the top to send the stream to Twitter.

    When I discovered usenet in 1985, I never imagined that one day, almost 33 years later, we'd have the technology to send more than 280 characters of text at once. I mean, such a thing was unimaginable back then. Of course, they're multiple messages, but I think that 20, maybe 30 years from now, we might have the technology to merge them into a single message. I know that's hard to imagine today, but technology marches on.

    The modern internet is truly a marvel.

    • by lucm ( 889690 )

      The modern internet is truly a marvel.

      Yes, and thanks to mobile, suggestions published by Yahoo 20 years ago to make web pages load faster are relevant again.

  • Oh for fuck's sake (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SEE ( 7681 ) on Tuesday December 12, 2017 @07:20PM (#55728827) Homepage

    If I wanted to read interminable posts, I'd be using an RSS reader to follow their blogs or whatever. The whole damn value of Twitter was that it forced the posters to be brief. What they should be doing is adding tools that block twitstorms, not ones that enable them.

  • Twits. Because that's the first word that comes into my mind when someone tells me they use Twitter.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Or Twats, using the past tense of the base verb. Twit, Twat, Twoot.

  • ... some new form of public communication system in which people could publish text of any length! It would be accessible over the web, and for an analogy that Slashdotters will understand, it would be similar to an event log or other extended data file. Why, we could call it a "web-log" or "blog" for short!

    Alternately, we could just start refusing to read any multi-tweet Tweets, or perhaps begin delivering personalized cockpunches to their authors.

  • Since these are SHared storms on twITter, I say we call them SHITstorms, and save everyone a little time and effort.
  • .. I guess none of them saw the film.

    Or if they did, they didn't remember how it ended.

  • It's exactly how I feel about twitter:

    Tweet storm [youtube.com]

  • Thank you Twitter. Now we can be even more efficient when we rabblerouse our witch hunts or drive people to suicide (like August Ames).

    No one will ever dare to land a probe on the moon or have a divergent opinion ever again! Conformity for all our comrades!

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