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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.

Twitter has launched a new feature: the ability to thread tweets. But one trend it didn't predict was "tweetstorms", the multiple-tweet-long messages that exceed Twitter's character limit.

The move follows a November test of the feature, which lets users to compose and edit several tweets at a time before posting them sequentially in a thread. According to a Twitter spokesperson, the limit on the number of tweets you can add via the + button before you publish is 25. Finally, tapping on the "Tweet all" button at the top of the page causes all the Tweets in the thread to be published at the same time. If you want to update a thread later, open it and hit "add another tweet" in the thread.

There are now hundreds of thousands of threads tweeted out every day, notes Twitter. But this method of Tweeting, while effective and popular, can be tricky for some to create and it's often tough to read or discover all the Tweets in a thread. Twitter suggests you might want to use the feature to "serialize a longer story or thought, or provide ongoing commentary on an event or topic". Twitter says that the new Threads feature will be rolling out on Android, iOS and the web in coming weeks.

Here's how the Threads feature will work
Here's how the Threads feature will work

Twitter product manager Sasank Reddy said that the addition of threads are a nod to the creativity of the Twitter community.

With the new feature, users who create threads, stitching tweets together to tell a longer story, need no longer reply to previous tweets to do so. 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.

With the tweetstorms, people can tell personal, suspenseful or amusing stories through Twitter; they can speak about politics or other issues, and also connect to facts surrounding breaking news. The latest change is meant to make things a whole lot easier, both for the poster and the reader.

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