Q. On Twitter for Android, how do you make one of those multiple-part tweets? Do you have to write them as you go?
A. The lengthy Twitter “thread” is a connected string of posts, usually made to elaborate more fully on a topic and beyond the 280 characters now allowed in a single tweet. If you feel the urge to create a thread on a particular subject, you can compose all the posts in the series before you share it with the world.
To create a thread using the Android (or iOS) Twitter app, start a new post as you normally would by tapping the quill-shaped Compose icon. Write the first message in your planned thread and then tap the small plus (+) icon in the bottom-right corner of the composition window to create a window for the next post. Write that next tweet in the thread and repeat the process until you have made your point — or otherwise finished sharing your thoughts.
Along the way, you can delete a post in the thread by tapping the gray “x” icon to remove it. Selecting the blue “x” icon in the top-left corner lets you save the thread as a draft or delete the entire thing. (Reviewing your saved thread in the Drafts area after a short break is a good opportunity to proofread the series of posts.)
You are still held to Twitter’s maximum character count for each installment. If you exceed the limit, the app highlights the overage so you can cut the text out of that post and paste it into the next tweet.
When you are satisfied with your thread, tap the Tweet All button to share the entire thing at once. Even after you have shared it, you can add to it by opening the thread on your page and tapping the Add Another Tweet button that soon appears.
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