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Hidden Twitter feature may soon make it easier to publish a raging tweetstorm (update)
Photo via Ink Drop/Shutterstock (Licensed)
The feature doesn’t have a release date and isn’t being tested publicly.
Twitter is reportedly testing a feature that makes it easier to complain and argue with more than 140 characters.
No, tweets still aren’t getting longer—but they may soon be fused together.
The social giant reportedly built a feature for its Android app that lets you draft out multiple tweets and string them together into one large tweetstorm. First discovered by user Devesh Logendran, the feature would reportedly make it easier to write out long thoughts without worrying about running out of space.
Twitter has not yet confirmed the feature. A Twitter spokesperson refused to comment.
WOAH! Twitter has a hidden tweet storm feature!— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) September 10, 2017
h/t Devesh Logendran pic.twitter.com/QpDLhKnAZZ
Traditionally, users have to reply to their own individual tweets one at a time to link them together. It’s a clunky, time-consuming, and error-prone process. The experimental feature Twitter is reportedly testing in-house lets users draft tweets, link them together, and send them all out at once.
Unfortunately, it’s not yet live on the Twitter app or desktop site and isn’t being tested publicly. It’s common for social apps to test functions under the radar before letting its users know about them.
Twitter said it would expand its character limit beyond 140 in the past. Instead, it made it so usernames, media attachments, and quoted tweets don’t affect the number of remaining characters. With its experimental tweetstorm feature, Twitter would give users the flexibility they’ve been asking for without undermining a popular and often amusing staple of the social media platform.
Update 1:17pm CT, Sept. 11: A Twitter spokesperson refused a request for comment on the reported tweetstorm feature.
Update 10:40am CT, Nov. 17: Twitter confirmed the feature is in alpha and beta testing stages for both Android and iOS in a statement to TechCrunch. The company says it’s been testing the feature “for weeks.”
The blog Android Police spotted an updated tweetstorm interface on Thursday that suggests it’s now live for some users. The tweetstorm feature adds a + icon for adding more than one tweet to a post and the “Tweet” button is replaced with “Tweet All.”
It’s still not clear when the feature will be released to the public.
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.