A thread on Twitter is when there is a series of tweets posted that are about the same topic and can be read as one long post. The majority of threads are written completely by one Twitter user and are usually explaining or adding to an idea or topic they were tweeting about that couldn’t fit into just one tweet. An example would be when someone decides to talk about global warming and wants to communicate effectively and actually educate some people on the topic.
Sometimes the word thread can be used in a similar but different way on Twitter as well. Sometimes, a funny or popular tweet has a lot of replies by a lot of different users. Say someone tweets something and then people start replying with funny memes or comments, and then people reply to those memes and comments, this can also be called a thread. Someone may tell you to go look at a great thread with tons of funny replies.
What’s the Difference Between a Thread and a Tweetstorm?
When talking about threads and tweetstorms you may sometimes be talking about the same things, but that is not always the case. A tweetstorm is usually when someone posts multiple tweets in rapid succession.
If the user replies to the first tweet for the tweets that follow, then this could also be called a thread. There are times where this is not how the user did it though. These times are when the user just simply posts several tweets back to back that don’t have anything to do with one another and are not connected in any way.
This is what people are usually talking about when they use the term tweetstorm. The last way you could use this term is when multiple users are tweeting about the same topic, but most people don’t use it this way anymore and is an outdated way to use the term really.
How to Create a Thread on Twitter
The easiest way to make a Twitter thread is to post a tweet, and then simply, reply directly to that tweet as if you were replying to someone else’s tweet. After your second tweet, just continue until you are finished with your thought.
The issue with this method is that your followers can reply to each tweet as they are posted and interrupt your thought with other tweets. This can lead to confusion because people can start asking questions or commenting before you are even done with your entire post.
The best way to avoid this problem is to use Twitter’s built in thread feature. This feature lets you post multiple tweets at the same time. This tool is built into the website and the app. The process to make a thread is the same on the Twitter app and on the website.
1. Go to the Twitter website or the Twitter app on your computer or mobile device.
2. Tap on the Compose icon to start a new tweet which looks like a blue circle with a pen in it in the app.
3. On the Twitter website you will choose the “What’s happening” box at the top of your home page.
4. Type the first tweet just like you normally do for a single tweet.
5. Then, choose the blue plus sign (+) in the bottom right corner of the screen.
6. Now, you can type the second tweet in your thread.
7. You continue to repeat steps 4 and 5 until you are finished with your Twitter thread.
8. When you are done writing the thread and you are ready to publish it, hit the Tweet all button and your Twitter thread will be posted.
Some Tips About Making a Thread
1. It is a good idea to use hashtags in a thread so that you can reach as many people as possible. You should do your best to use a different hashtag in each tweet of the thread to spread it further.
2. A great way to keep people interested in reading through your thread is to add photos, videos, Gifs, and other media in each tweet, especially if you are going to be talking through quite a few tweets.
3. Another good idea to help people out who are reading through your Twitter thread is to add how many tweets there are in the thread to each tweet, like “1/6” or “5/12”. This will help people know how much they are going to be reading and how far through they are without having to guess.