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Twitter has announced a new feature to make it easier for people to post and read 'threads'.

Threading - sometimes referred to as 'tweetstorms' - is the description given to a series of individual tweets linked together. This is typically done by a user replying to their own original tweet.

While many users stick with a handful of connected tweets to express their thoughts, other threads have been known to run for dozens if not hundreds of individual tweets.

Typically, such threads have been relatively awkward to read and post, and the flow of a tweetstorm can be easily broken as other users interact with the individual posts.

However, Twitter is now adding a 'plus' button that will allow users to compose and publish threads in one go.

Other users, meanwhile, will see a more obvious 'show the thread' label.

In a blog post, Twitter's Product Manager Sasank Reddy explained: "Hundreds of thousands of threads are Tweeted every day. 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.

"That’s why we’re thrilled to share that we’re making it simpler to thread Tweets together, and to find threads, so it’s easier to express yourself on Twitter and stay informed."

The latest change comes only weeks after the social network doubled its long-standing 140-character limit to 280 characters.


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