Elon Musk is fixing endless Twitter threads.
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(Pocket-lint) – Elon Musk, CEO and owner of Twitter, has said he’s been working on a way to make it easier to write and read long-form content on the social network.
The move should put an end to increasingly long tweet storms as people try to find ways to post longer content on Twitter despite the 280 character limit. Although this is a huge improvement over the original 140 character limit, sometimes tweets are still too restrictive and people often resort to posting one tweet after another, creating big discussion threads.
Following a particularly egregious thread of 82 tweets, Mr. Musk was asked if he could improve how reading and writing long-form content works on Twitter. Mr. Musk has confirmed that he was “working on this tonight”, although it’s unclear exactly what he intends to come up with as a solution. He has tweeted separately that the “ability to make long tweets [était] Coming soon”.
Twitter is working to ensure that Tweet composer automatically expands into a thread when the character count approaches the 280 character limit https://t.co/nigChFZ2Yn-
Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 17, 2022
Jane Manchun Wong, an engineer and Twitter watcher, thinks Musk and Twitter are working on a new Tweet Composer that would “automatically expand into a thread” when needed, though it’s not immediately obvious how this would happen. solves the problem of huge threads.
If Twitter makes changes to long-form content, it could mean another feature is behind its Twitter Blue paywall. It also seems unlikely that third-party apps will handle the change gracefully, especially if Twitter’s API teams have been hit by the recent layoffs.
Written by Oliver Haslam.