Twitter is one of the most popular social networking platforms that has increasingly gained traction since it has given voice to various movements across the globe and has become one of the go-to places for people to converse on a wide variety of topics and issues.
The micro-blogging site has added several features to enhance the user experience and make the platform more interactive. The two most notable of them are the doubled number of allowed characters in a single tweet — from 140 to 280 — and the introduction of Threads on the platform, which let users form threads of their tweets that appeared together and became an essential tool for those looking to tell a larger story and won’t fit in a single tweet.
Threads on Twitter have also led to the creation of several apps and services that compile threads on the internet. We’ve got you covered if you’re new to the platform or can’t figure out how to make a thread. In this article, we explain how you can create a thread on Twitter via a browser on a PC and the Android and iOS app.
Threads with two or three tweets generally appears on the timeline at once and are connected to each other via a line — so as to appear like a bundle. Threads with four or more tweets are usually truncated with an option to Show this thread at the bottom of the first tweet. Clicking or tapping on this option will expand the thread.
The Show this thread option is displayed at the end of the tweet when it’s shared on Direct Messages on in Retweet and Retweet with comments as well.
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How to create a thread on Twitter via PC?
Click on the Tweet button and follow the steps below to create a thread on Twitter on your browser.
Step 1: Write the draft for your first tweet. Then click on the ‘plus’ sign icon on the bottom-right of the tweet window.
Step 2: After clicking the icon, you’ll see a new window below your first tweet: Add another Tweet. Then, write down the second tweet of your thread, and if you want to add more, click on the same icon again.
You can keep adding tweets to your thread on Twitter in a similar manner. Once your thread is ready, click the Tweet All button on the bottom right beside the ‘plus’ icon.
The character limit for each tweet in the thread is the default 280.
How to create a thread on Twitter for Android and iOS?
Tap on the Tweet button and follow the steps below to create a thread on Twitter on Android and iOS. The screenshot below is from the Android app, but it works the same way for the iOS app.
- Write the draft for your first tweet, then tap on the ‘plus’ sign icon at the bottom right of the tweet window.
- A new window below your first tweet reads: Add another Tweet. Then, write down the second tweet of your thread, and if you want to add more, click on the same icon again. Once your thread is ready, click on the Tweet All button on the bottom right beside the ‘plus’ icon.
Tips and tricks for creating threads on Twitter
- Plan your thread, write or digitally note the main points, structure, and tone.
- Use a clear title that explains what the thread is about.
- Number the tweets in your thread. A simple 1/10 or 1) format will do.
- Keep the tweets precise and maintain the information flow.
- Use images, GIFs and other visual mediums to keep your audience engaged.
- For legitimacy, use data and sources wherever possible.
- Edit and review the thread before publishing. You can use a second set of eyes for additional feedback if possible.
- Talk to your audience, reply, and update the posts whenever possible.
How to view and share threads on Twitter?
Once you have created or want to view a thread, you can click on the first tweet and the other tweets will automatically appear below the first one. Now, you can scroll down and finish reading the thread.
To share threads on Twitter, click on the Share button at the bottom right of the thread. Usually, when you share the thread, you share the first tweet.
Step 1: Click on the tweet and then select the Share button.
Step 2: Now, select either of the three options: Copy link, Share post via, and Send via Direct Message. The first option will copy the post link, which you can copy on other online platforms. The second option will allow you to share the thread via email and other communication mediums; the third option will help you send the thread link via a direct message on X.
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