Hold this tweet – and add another one.
Twitter adds a new feature for mobile users that makes it easier to link scattered "shower ideas" together – and another thing that is stylized.
According to 9to5Mac, the function Twitter tweeted about yesterday is slowly being transferred to the iOS app. (We discovered it in Europe at the time of writing.)
This feature allows you to drag down while creating a tweet to add it to your previous tweet by creating a thread or displaying the "Continue Thread" option.
When you tap a three-dot menu, a surface of older tweets is displayed, with which you can link the new tweet to continue (or start) a thread.
The function is intended to promote more threads (from 140 characters to 280 characters to infinite tweetstorms and beyond!).
It may also be intended to address the broken thread phenomenon that can still plague the information network service. Especially where users discuss complex and / or nuanced topics. (And Twitter said it wanted to promote healthy conversations on its platform, so …)
The link provides an alternative for Twitter users to be organized so that a number of thoughts are tweeted with a perfect thread first (i.e. with the "+" option at the time your Tweetstorm was created).
In addition, you no longer have to manually search your feed for the specific tweet you want to expand, then click Reply to add another.
No, it's still not an edit button. But honestly, if you think Twitter will ever get you to rewrite your existing tweets, you should probably think longer about it before clicking "Publish" on your next one.
The "Resume Thread" option can also be used as a de facto editing option, making it easier for users to attach a fix to an existing tweet.
It remains to be seen if the feature works (in general) as intended – to improve threads, reduce broken threads, and make Twitter a less confusing place for newbies.
Fortunately, Twitter has considered (and has ruled out) a potential risk of abuse. We tested what would happen if you tried to insert a new tweet into the middle of an existing tweetstorm – which might have led to more confusion (i.e. if the thread logic had been changed by adding).
But instead of embedding the new tweet in the middle of the old thread, it was added below as an addition. So you just start a new thread at the end of your old thread.
Good job, Jack.
theinformationsuperhighway's Romain Dillet contributed to this report