The presence of a tweetstorm feature was first found in the Twitter app’s code in September, which was a sign of things to come. At the time, Twitter refused to comment on its plans for the feature or say if it would ever start publicly.
Today, the blog News announced the tweetstorm interface was jumping up for some users of the Android alpha app but said it wasn’t sure about the particulars surrounding the tests.
When asked, Twitter told News that the tweetstorm feature has been in trial in both the alpha and beta applications on iOS and Android. The variant shared by News has been in testing for weeks, the company said.
While the highlight is not yet available to everyone or for public testing, the development of these tests hints this is something Twitter needs to bring to the public.
That wouldn’t be unusual. After all, the launch of a native tweetstorm feature wouldn’t be the first time Twitter has taken a typical behavior seen among its user base and turned it into an official outcome. In the past, Twitter built the @reply, the hashtag, and the RT based on patterns of user management that were born organically on its platform, then adopted by a sizable number of users.
The tweetstorm would easily fall into this level, too.
Years ago, the innovation was used by a limited number of early adopters like Marc Andreessen, for example, who wanted to write the equivalent of a blog post via tweets.
But today, the tweetstorm has displayed just another way people use Twitter.
It’s also used for a whole of things beyond blog-like content spread out over tweets. For example, personalities now use the tweetstorm to tell personal stories even suspenseful or funny ones connect facts circling breaking news, rant about politics or other issues, and more.
Even though Twitter has opened its character count limit to 280, that hasn’t passed the need for tweetstorms. In addition to maintaining more than 280 characters by connecting tweets together, each tweet stands alone and can be shared retweeted, replied to etc.on an individual basis.
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