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(Pocket-lint) - Twitter CEO and owner Elon Musk says that he is working on a way to make it easier to write and read long-form content on the social network.

The move would hopefully put an end to increasingly-long tweet storms as people try to find ways to post longer content to Twitter despite the 280-character limit. While a huge improvement on the original 140-character limit, tweets are still too restrictive at times and people often resort to posting one tweet after another, creating large threads.

Following one particularly egregious 82-tweet thread, Musk was asked if he could fix the way reading and writing long-form content on Twitter worked. Musk confirmed that he was "working on that tonight" although it isn't clear what he intends to offer as a solution. He separately tweeted that the "ability to do long tweets [is] coming soon".


Engineer and Twitter-watcher Jane Manchun Wong believes that Musk and Twitter are working on a new Tweet composer that would "automatically expand into a thread" when needed, although it also isn't immediately obvious how that fixes the problem of huge threads.

If Twitter does make changes to long-form content it's possible that it could mean another feature sitting behind its Twitter Blue paywall. It also seems unlikely that third-party apps would handle the change gracefully, especially if Twitter's API teams were affected by the recent layoffs.

Writing by Oliver Haslam.
  • Via: Twitter is working on a feature to divide long text into a thread automatically - techcrunch.com
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