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Twitter Built Its Own Tweetstorm Product


Twitter has built a feature that will allow you to post tweetstorms directly inside the app.

The tweetstorm composer, spotted by The Next Web’s Matt Navarra, currently exists within Twitter’s product, but the company is not currently testing it. That said, once it’s in the product, a test may be on the way soon.

Some of Twitter’s most recognizable features, including the hashtag, were built by the company after it saw popular behavior emerge on its platform. The tweetstorm format, pioneered by the venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, seems like it could fit with that trend. In the age of Trump, tweetstorms have emerged as a format used regularly by Twitter users to share viewpoints and analyze the news. They’ve become so important, The New York Times now publishes its journalists’ tweetstorms in print.

Last year, Twitter considered a feature that would allow people to post tweets of up to 10,000 characters, far more than its current limit of 140. That feature still hasn’t seen the light of day, but the Tweetstorm composer could capture its spirit, giving users a way to share more extensive thoughts while keeping the 140 character limit.

Reached by BuzzFeed News, Twitter declined to comment.

Alex Kantrowitz is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco. He reports on social and communications.

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