Composing a thread on Twitter can be challenging as you need to break all the text into 280 character chunks. However, the company now appears to be working on a solution to convert long-form text to a thread automatically.
According to a tweet posted by the app’s researcher Jane Manchun WongTwitter Composer will automatically split text into a thread when it crosses the 280 character limit.
As he explained in a reply to a user (aka me), Twitter wants to reduce the friction of creating threads. Users currently have to press the + button to add a tweet to a thread and post the next set of 280 characters, which can be very annoying when you’re testing a thought or pasting information from another document.
In the past few hours, some people have reported difficulties posting and reading threads that have more than a few tweets; the one in focus was a thread of 82 tweets on the downed cryptocurrency exchange FTX. Musk responded to these tweets saying that the team is working to make it easier to write threads.
Although the final details of the implementation are not apparent, such as Financial Times Product Manager Matt Taylor He noted, it would be nice to have markers to indicate the start and end of a tweet in the thread, that makes it easier for users to edit the text in a way that doesn’t interrupt the flow of reading.
This isn’t the first time Musk has broached the issue of posting long-form tweets. Earlier this month, he said that the social network is working. about the ability to attach long-form text to tweets. It’s not clear if that will be a separate feature of the new thread composer. Some users currently rely on third-party solutions like Typefully, Start of threadand the Chirr app, which provide tools to automatically split your post into threads without interrupting the flow of sentences along with scheduling features.
The company currently offers Twitter Blue subscribers an easy way to read threads, spurred by the Threader acquisition last year. But Musk hasn’t really mentioned whether he’s making changes to the reading experience for the average user.
Twitter already has a long-form writing program called Notes, but only a select group of writers have access to it, and under Musk’s administration, there’s no clarity about its future.
It’s unclear when the new compose feature for threads will be rolled out, even if Twitter engineers are working on it right now. After taking over the company, Musk has laid off half the staff, and more. Many executives have resigned and the new boss even gave an ultimatum yesterday that the remaining employees must either go “hardcore” or leave. In this environment, there is no guarantee that the products will be shipped on time.
The company rushed the launch of the new Twitter Blue plan with a check mark, only to discontinue the program days later. Earlier this week, Musk said that now roll out later this month.
Wong also recently discovered code that hints that Twitter is working to encrypt end-to-end direct messages.