A conventional tweet can be anything up to 140 characters. As we know that is not really very long to get your message across. As a work around Twitter users came up with the idea of sharing their full message spread across multiple tweets. These are then published, very quickly, one after the other.
Posting tweets in this manner became known as Tweetstorms. You have probably seen them before if you have spent any amount of time on Twitter. An organized series of Tweets from one person that starts with a number and a slash. The numbers mean that this is the first Tweet of a longer thought, followed by the second, and sometimes third and
Could we be about to see a new official Tweetstorm feature?
Twitter has now taken this idea and is working on a hidden feature. This new feature allows you to compose a series of tweets as a Tweetstorm. You can then to publish them as one tweet while displaying them as a series of tweets with no interruptions.
Under the pseudonym Devesh Logendran, a Twitter user passed on their sighting of the Tweetstorm feature to TheNextWebs Director of social media Matt Navarra. Twitter told us “No comment to share on the record”. When we asked about the feature that refers to Tweetstorms as “threads”. We have no additional information on if or when this feature will ever launch. We have learned that it’s not currently available for public testing.
This new feature will effectively do away with the 140 character limit on the micro-blogging platform. Could help bring in new users who have always struggled with the point of a platform allowing you just 140 characters to get your message across.
What does Infobunny think?
Well, we love testing new features and look forward to being able to play with this new hidden Twitter feature. There is a concern that we could be flooded with Tweetstorms, so some limitations will be required, number of characters, number of tweets per thread etc. We also think that a Tweetstorm should appear kind of like a nested comment section where you can read the initial Tweet then you would click a down navigation arrow below the Tweet to read the rest.
It would also be a nice idea to be able to add images per tweet so to be able to create Image storms or Image Tweetstorms to tell a story.
There has been a lot of news recently about Snapchat Stories and Instagram Stories and recently how we will be able to share Instagram stories to Facebook. Will Tweetstorms be Twitters version of stories?
Tweetstorm (Twitter Stories) in our opinion would be a good addition to Twitter to run alongside Moments and Twitter lists. We look forward to seeing all the new apps and extensions that also come out that would integrate into the Tweetstorm/stories feature.
So what do you think?
Will the hidden Twitterstorm feature just serve up more rants and Twitter spats, or will it be seen as the evolution of Twitter? And how would the launch of this feature impact on Facebook? As we know Facebook is losing younger members to Snapchat.
Could there be an even bigger storm forming on the horizon for Facebook?
Are Tweetstorms Twitters version of the popular stories features that you see on other social sites?
Let me know what you think in the comments section below.