Twitter is working to let people reply to tweets with new tweet threads

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What you need to know

  • Twitter is working on making it easier for people to reply to a tweet with a new thread.
  • Twitter has yet to officially announce the feature.
  • Engineer Jane Manchun Wong has shared a screenshot of the feature in action.

Twitter is working on giving people the ability to reply to tweets with a whole new tweet thread of their own, according to Twitter code spelunker Jane Manchun Wong.

In a tweet posted today, the engineer shares a screenshot of a new interface that looks to allow people to add their own tweet thread as a reply to an existing tweet. While threads are not new to Twitter, they're only currently available to those starting a new thread afresh. Anyone replying to a tweet is limited to just the one — or manually threading the tweet themselves.

That all looks set to change in the future.

While on the face of it this seems like a grand idea, there are questions that need to be asked. One would be surrounding notifications — would Twitter only send one notification for the initial reply and then have users only see the thread once they open Twitter on their iPhone or web, for example? That seems the most obvious implementation, but we'll need to wait for Twitter to announce something official before we know for sure. It also isn't clear how third-party apps would handle these replies, either.

As is always the case with these things however, nothing is confirmed until Twitter makes an official announcement itself. However, being able to send a multi-tweet response is something that many would likely benefit from — although the threat of mansplainers being given an easier way to bombard people with their responses is something we should all probably expect to become a problem.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.