Instagram is testing screenshot alerts for stories

Instagram is testing a feature that will show users when someone else takes a screenshot of their story. Users included in the test are getting a warning that the next time they take a screenshot of a friend’s story the friend will be able to see it, as shown below:


This new feature — the latest to be lifted from Snapchat — hasn’t been turned on for all users in order for Instagram to first gauge response. The Stories feature tells you who has watched your story when you tap on the “seen by” area in the bottom left corner. With this new feature, a circle shutter icon will display next to the name of the account that has screen grabbed your content. Story owners otherwise won’t be alerted when someone takes a screenshot — they can only tell after manually checking the “seen by” list. Instagram is likely testing how people respond to the new notices and may decide to never roll out the feature to all users.

There are workarounds to avoid being detected though, as some Twitter users have pointed out — you can set your phone to airplane mode and then screenshot, or you can view the Instagram story via a web browser on desktop and safely screenshot from there. But seriously, don’t be a feature creeper.

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Publishers eye push notifications in aftermath of Facebook news feed changes

If you’re wondering why you got the same Apple News push alert from CNN a half-dozen times Tuesday afternoon, it wasn’t a coincidence. (CNN said it was an Apple News glitch, something Apple confirmed later.)

Now that Facebook is deprioritizing publishers’ posts in the news feed, there is more urgency for publishers to make direct connections with readers. That means they’re taking push notifications more seriously.


The Wall Street Journal has tripled, to nine, the number of topics that its mobile app users can follow and made it possible to “follow” its writers so users get a push when those authors publish something.

Publishers are making an effort to stand out visually. Gannett’s USA Today grew its referral traffic from pushes by 18 percent by incorporating pictures, video, and GIFs into its messages. The Guardian has played with the font and style of its push notifications. CNN is will begin adding rich media to its push notifications in the second quarter of 2018.

“If they don’t identify with it, they’re less likely to engage with it,” said Larry Aasen, director of mobile development at Gannett.

These moves were already in the works when Facebook announced changes to its news feed algorithm earlier in January. But as publishers try to make up for the loss of reach in the news feed, even areas that drive small amounts of referral traffic will become more important.

“You’re seeing a lot more sophistication,” said Mike Herrick, svp of product and engineering at Urban Airship, a push notifications technology provider. “The assets that are owned are going to be the most strategic.”

Publishers pay close attention to their app audiences because their response to a story often provides a good signal for how a publisher’s broader audience will react to it. At CNN, for example, the click-through rate on its app push notifications determines whether to move breaking stories to the top of its homepage or write more stories on a developing story.

“They’re optimal for getting an early indication of how a story is playing with your audience,” said S. Mitra Kalita, CNN’s VP of digital programming. “I used to use Facebook metrics like this over five years ago. You’d look at shares over the course of 20 minutes.”

The competition for space on users’ phone lock screens has gotten intense. The volume of push notifications sent by publishers rose more than 50 percent from January to December in 2017, according to data from Urban Airship. While there’s a risk that publishers will overdo it, audiences are getting used to a fire hose of notifications: Opt-in rates for push notifications rose 16 percentage points this year, also according to Urban Airship.

Pete Brown, a senior research fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the author of “Pushed Beyond Breaking,” a research report on push notifications published last fall, predicts that images, automation, and personalization will gain importance in pushes. Last week, Urban Airship rolled out a tool that will allow publishers to use artificial intelligence to schedule push notifications based on when the audience is most likely to interact with them.

Push notifications account for a small percentage of most publishers’ overall traffic. For USA Today, they drive just 10 percent of its mobile app opens and 5 percent of the mobile app’s pageviews.

Yet those slivers of the audience are valuable. To receive a push notification, a person must have either downloaded a publisher’s app or followed the publisher inside a platform like Apple News or Google Play Newsstand, a sign of affinity.

“A lot of people would consider their push audience their most loyal, their most engaged audience,” Brown said.


Author: Max Willens

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Is Our Social Media Terminology About to Change?


“She does social media,” is the go-to introduction my friends bestow on me at parties. In 2018, in a world where many of my millennial friends have more captivating Instagram accounts than me, this introduction sound about as impressive as, “She Googles real good.”

Who doesn’t?

Currently, I don’t directly manage any brand’s social media channels, though I have in the past. Instead, I most often consult in overall digital strategies that involve many promotion outlets, be it email, website, social media, and/or display.

That said, my friends’ misleading introduction results in some lovely party conversations, the most recent being, “Do you think we’ll always call social media ‘social media’?”

As the resident social media expert person, I blurted out, “Of course! What else would we call it? We still call TV ‘TV,’ don’t we?” I chortled. My friends chortled. We all slapped knees (our own, not each other’s). The conversation pivoted.

I went home, brushed my teeth, changed into my egg jammies, and fell asleep. I woke up in the middle of the night Don’t Wake Daddy-style. We don’t call it “TV”; we call it Netflix, Hulu, or whatever specific show we intend to binge watch. Unless we spent time staring at some reality show we’d rather not admit to watching, we rarely say, “I just watched TV.”

Now that my moment has passed to have this dinner party conversation with man buns (brotrepreneurs) over cheap wine, I ask you: When will we stop calling social media “social media”?

Don’t get me wrong—this will be a mass effort, a shift of the collective conscious—we will not solve it here. However, in the way someone circa 2010 started asking where she left her “phone,” abandoning “cell” as if the specifier was superfluous, someone will start calling social media “social.”

Oh, no. We already use “social” in isolation. Has the end begun? Probably.

The Evidence ‘Social Media’ Is on Its Way Out

Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 (over five years ago?!). Almost immediately, the two began melding into one. Facebook introduced video; then Instagram introduced video. Instagram introduced Stories; then Facebook introduced Stories. Now, ads can be sent through both platforms at the same time, from the same tool, using the same audience parameters.

Will Instagram eventually just become Facebook? Will we call all newsfeed-centric social media platforms “Facebook” in the way we colloquially deem all search engines “Google”?

What happens when Facebook overtakes YouTube once and for all? YouTube, a platform I’ve always struggled to call a “social media,” had a rocky 2017. With ridiculous scandals, a massive redesign, original shows, and mixed Red reviews, who and what is YouTube anymore?

For one, YouTube is a sibling of Google and therefore, undoubtedly, a powerful ad platform. However, advertising alone social media does not make, young padawan.

What happens if Netflix introduces comments à la Youtube? What happens if Snapchat introduces a discovery section à la Instagram? Wait, did Snapchat kind of already do that? What happens if Twitter . . . nah, I’ve all but given up on Twitter.

Nevertheless, what are we going to call all these social media platforms as they evolve? It seems to me they are outgrowing their terminology.

Does Any of This Really Matter?

I don’t know, man. Maybe analyzing terminology just feels like splitting hairs. Still, sometimes you need a silly question like “when will we stop calling it social media” to get the brainstorming juices flowing, to tiptoe to the questions that really matter to your business as we cruise through 2018, such as:

  • Where is social media going?
  • Where is our audience likely to be in five years?
  • What platforms should we consider adopting?
  • Where should we be putting our digital advertising dollars?
  • What type of content will we need to produce? Video? Audio?
  • Are we ready to serve a mobile-first audience?
  • What are we measuring in terms of KPIs?
  • Are we converting? If not, why?

Scary questions, right? In time, they will need to be answered. But for now, tell me, what are your 2018 predictions for social media terminology? Better yet, what changes to individual social media platforms will necessitate the evolution of our current lexicon?

I’ll grab my cheap wine. Brotrepreneurs, come one, come all.


Author: Christina Moravec

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8 Tips to Encourage User-generated Content on Instagram

Did you know that 80 percent of what you view online is user-generated content?

Big companies such as Redbull, BMW, and Starbucks feel the pulse of marketing trends and can effectively leverage this.

And even though the user-generated content is on the rise, it is difficult to achieve marketing goals if content creation by your customers isn’t part of your brand strategy.

Why User-generated Content?

These statistics prove that user-generated content is the future of internet marketing.

When launching these types of campaigns, concentrate on one social media platform for maximum results.

When choosing from the wealth of social media websites, Instagram is high on the list.

More and more brands are investing in Instagram marketing, and the platform has become popular for brand promotion.

Why So Popular?

Moreover, this report from L2 claims user-generated content works best for brands on Instagram.

Before you set up the campaign, think of proven ways to encourage user-generated-content creation. The more people create content for you, the better.

But this requires time and effort to make them want to become a part of your community.

So, here are eight tips for marketers to consider.

Create a Sense of Belonging

Influencing consumer behavior is a common practice in marketing.

If you want people to do something for you, understand what drives them.

Know which psychological tricks can help you create a connection.

One of the greatest feelings for humans is the sense of belonging.

People want to be a part of something significant.

It is a fundamental need.

Building a sense of belonging requires time and effort, but the payoff can be huge for the brand.

If your brand has many admirers, it is likely you can get user-generated content from your audience.

For example, look at brands such as Starbucks — many cannot simply grab a Starbucks coffee without posting a photo of coffee in hand on Instagram.

This is because people feel the need to belong to the Starbucks community!

Improve Your Instagram Engagement

How do you convey to visitors that your Instagram profile is interesting enough, so they become a follower?


If people like, comment, or share your content, it means you produce something valuable.

It creates a sense of belonging, and people are more likely to become a part of a popular community.

High-quality content matters.

One of the best marketers in the world, Andrew Davis, said:

Content builds relationships. Relationships are built on trust. Trust drives revenue.

If you post material that satisfies customer needs, you will boost engagement on Instagram.

However, it will not be enough to increase the performance of your posts on the newsfeed.

So how do you increase engagement?

  • By posting fresh and qualitative content: publish relevant and eye-catching information.
  • Through interaction with your followers: like and comment on their posts.
  • Keeping up with trends: it allows you to reach more people.

Once you drive more engagement, you attract more followers and ultimately,  more people to create user-generated content for your brand.

Establish Contacts with Micro-influencers

Influencer marketing is flourishing on Instagram as 92 percent of people trust recommendations by individuals rather than companies.

Most brands know this, so they reach out to influencers for beneficial collaboration with an already-established community. When choosing an influencer, marketers try to find a popular one figuring the larger following, the better.

However, having a lot of followers doesn’t necessarily mean higher engagement. Collaborating with micro-influencers may be a better option as they can deliver a 60 percent higher engagement rate.

Moreover, they can be more cost-effective and loyal. With micro-influencers, you can maintain good relationships and stand out from the competition.

Re-post Customer Content

Every marketer should know user-generated content can help earn trust, build brand awareness, and boost sales among customers.

Unfortunately, we fail to put customers first.

Only nine percent of the top 250 B2B brands place user-generated content on their product pages. Although people create content at will, you need to reward those who produce quality content for your brand.

To encourage more content creation, you must show customers that their effort pays off by liking, commenting, and sharing their content.

However, to avoid damage to brand reputation, you will need to use user-generated content as you would copyright content.

Thus, always think about the original poster first.

How to repost content legally:

  • Ask for permission: if you want to feature a photo on your feed, contact the owner via comments or DM’s.
  • Give photo credit: add a comment to your post with the photo credit and tag the owner.

Customers crave recognition and approval, so make them feel valued.

Use Instagram Stories Highlights

Recently, Instagram launched two new tools—Stories Highlights and Stories Archives.

These allow users to group stories they have shared into highlights and feature them on the user’s profile.

The new features are an effective way to build a valued customer connection and showcase your business authentically, which means earning trust.

Here are some pointers for making the most out of Instagram Stories Highlights:

  • Create a user-generated content group: collect the best stories using customer content you have shared and highlight this group as permanent on your account.
  • Update the group: add stories to the group regularly.

It is not always possible to post all customer content on the main feed as it could slow traffic to your site.

When using Instagram Stories, you won’t need to worry about posting too much content.

Hold a Contest

If you want to encourage user-generated content creation, have an Instagram marketing contest.

Holding a contest is a great way to increase the number of user-generated posts. To avoid any PR pitfalls, create and abide by the contest Terms & Conditions. These rules will inform participants on how to take part and win the contest.

By running a successful contest on Instagram, you will engage your audience and inspire people to create future content.

Motivate User-generated Content Creation

If you want to encourage customers to do something beneficial for your brand, then you must reward them.

Offering a discount does not require much time or money, but it will motivate customers to take part and create content. Handing out freebies is a great way to attract customer attention, motivate content creation, and build brand awareness.

Moreover, people love to share coupons and discounts with their friends and family, which means expanding your audience.

Integrate Offline and Online Marketing

Do you remember the ‘Share a Coke’ campaign run by Coca-Cola?

That campaign was one of the longest-running featuring popular names on Coca-Cola cans and bottles. Customers bought Coca-Cola cans bearing their name to express themselves through personalization. And it was effective, increasing sales by over two percent and millions of posts on social media.

So what did we learn from Coca-Cola?

That integrating offline and online marketing is a win-win situation, allowing marketers to reach more customers.


It is no secret that customers find user-generated content to be more authentic. Most people feel this content is helpful in the decision-making process. If you want your fans to create content for you, understand how you can encourage them to create content for your brand.

How do you encourage your customers to create content for your brand?

Please share in the comments below.


Author: Hugh Beaulac

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Four Ways to Keep Your Brand and Marketing Relevant Amid Fluctuating Cultural Trends

180103-trendy-youth-lgWhat do your brand, plant-based foods, Barbie dolls, and bottled water have in common? The truth is, quite a lot.

There’s a lot of debate right now about whether bottled water is really a better choice than soda. Or whether a plant-based diet is actually healthier than consuming meat. And Some people are up in arms about the wage gap between male and female professionals. Still, others are evaluating whether there are enough variations of the Barbie doll.

So… what does any of that have to do with marketing your brand?

Cultural trends like those—and so many more—may come and go, but their impact remains significant. For a brand to remain relevant in this day and age, it must align with the dominant cultural trends of its target audience.

That means you as a marketer must make it a priority to not only understand the issues that matter to your consumers but also consistently integrate their feelings and opinions into your brand’s message in new and creative ways.

Keeping Pace With Culture

Successful marketing does more than convey a message to an audience. It inspires, influences, and, ultimately, propels a brand forward.

For any marketing campaign to be successful, marketers must find innovative ways to interweave the brand’s core values with the cultural context of the intended audience—its ideologies, tensions, values, and so on.

Most consumers, whether consciously or not, look for brands that align with their view of the world. So a marketing campaign that not only acknowledges the cultural trends of its target audience but also aligns with or adds to that message will be rewarded with relevance, acceptance, and loyalty.

On the other hand, when marketers ignore cultural context, or skirt around cultural trends, or don’t take the time to understand the issues, they risk landing their brand in hot water. For example:

If you’re not comfortable having your brand take a bold stance on a cultural issue, that’s OK. But researching the trends that matter to your audience can still elevate your marketing.

For example, if you discover that the growing popularity of the plant-based food movement stems from consumers’ desire for “cleaner” sources of protein, you could easily change your labeling to highlight the amount or origin of the protein in your product.

Even subtle nods toward a pervasive cultural trend can give your brand a leg up on the competition. But whatever you do… it has to be authentic.

How to Stay Trend-Relevant

It’s clear that to avoid wasting time, money, and resources—and potentially angering or alienating consumers—your marketing team must study, understand, and accommodate cultural trends.

Begin that process with the following four steps.

1. Get to know your audience

Knowing all you can know about your audience should always be a marketing priority. It’s the only way to precisely target the right consumers, perfect your brand’s message, motivate action, and keep your customers satisfied.

Although reliable data should be the foundation of your marketing campaign, don’t rely just on numbers and figures. And move beyond demographics by also investigating the cultural trends that matter to your audience members: What are they interested in? What are they passionate about? How do they spend their time? What are their expectations for the companies they do business with and the products they use?

Fleshing out your audience’s cultural attitudes allows you to be more strategic in marketing your brand.

2. Do your cultural research

Explore the cultural trends influencing your audience and businesses now and for the foreseeable future. The Culture Vulture 2017 Trends Report is a great place to start.

Notable examples include the prevalence of corporate icons and how startups are remaining competitive; the emergence of products, services, and events catered to Baby Boomers; and the way the mindfulness trend has inspired businesses to include offerings that promote serenity and balance. Also important is Millennials’ impact on society—from their redefinition of the American dream to their informal attitudes toward attire, traditions, gender norms, and more.

Don’t forget to also look for niche hot topics that directly affect your consumers or brand. For example, if you market for a food or beverage product, understanding the nuances of the soda vs. bottled water battle (consumers seeking lower- or no-sugar options, cost, environmental impact of packaging, etc.) might come in handy.

Research both large- and small-scale cultural trends when strategizing for your brand.

3. Craft a message that stands for something

Once you know your audience members and the cultural trends influencing them, it’s time to develop a message that aligns with (or better yet, resolves) a larger cultural narrative. Choose words that pack a punch. Make your message simple yet powerful. And be sure your brand’s message is creative, clear, and consistent.

For inspiration, you can look at brands that redefined gender-role norms with their own simple, powerful messages. Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign, Under Armour’s I Will What I Want campaign, and P&G’s #LikeAGirl campaign have all been praised for promoting female empowerment, diversity, and opportunity.

4. Strengthen your message with visuals

In marketing messaging, visuals are often just as important to the campaign as the written or spoken word. From videos to photographs to well-placed labels, the right visuals can create an emotional connection with consumers, inspire them to take action, and convince them of your cultural relevancy.

Thoroughly investigate the ways you could deliver visuals to your audience, paying special attention to newer, nontraditional avenues that currently boast some of the highest user engagement stats.

Finally, explore making your visuals powerful enough to carry your message of cultural relevance on their own. Take CoverGirl, for instance. When the company hired its first male ambassador, it didn’t couple the announcement with an explanation of its motives. CoverGirl trusted the new ads properly conveyed its stance on diversity and inclusion. Explore how your brand’s visuals could address cultural trends without having to explicitly change your brand’s message.

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In a quickly changing world, understanding cultural trends is vital to keeping your brand relevant and your audience interested. Only then can you create marketing campaigns that are truly moving, motivating, and successful.

Author: Sarah Clark
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7 email trends to watch in 2018

As we speed head into 2018, the trends that will have the biggest impact on your email marketing program over the next 12 months.


2017 was a stellar year for email marketing. With 72 percent of consumers in Litmus’ 2016 State of Email report stating that email is their first choice for brand communication, and more than 225 billion emails (PDF) sent every day (a 5 percent increase from previous years), email continues to play an important role in brands’ marketing strategies and is the digital linchpin for the consumer.

As we barrel into 2018, there are no guarantees that the email tactics and strategies that worked in 2017 will deliver the same results. To make the most of your email marketing investments and stay on the cutting edge, consider the trends that will impact email over the next 12 months.

1. Editorial or ‘sticky’ content will become a must-have

OK, OK — “must-have” may seem a little aggressive, so consider this my cry for help to all marketers! Today’s consumers (B2C and B2B) value content that goes beyond offers, promotions and product information. They crave useful information that speaks to the intersection of their lifestyle and brand values.

Gift guides, recipes, how-tos, related news, tips and tricks, outfits of the day and other types of sticky content are also useful for marketers because they help keep subscribers from passively opting out or unsubscribing, especially if they don’t buy from the brand frequently (e.g., monthly). Subscribers will stay engaged with your brand if you make the effort to educate, entertain or find a unique way to incorporate lifestyle trends into your messaging.

Forward-thinking brands already rely on sticky content within the email to strengthen their relationships with customers. For example, REI serves up geo-dynamic content that informs subscribers about hiking trails that are near their location. If geo-content isn’t available, they provide generic content that is similarly relevant to subscribers’ lives.

2. Automation and AI technologies will make emails more human

Artificial intelligence continues to be a hot topic in marketing circles. Although the implications of AI and the scope of its marketing applications are still somewhat vague, in 2018, marketers will continue to ramp up experimentation with automated plug-and-play applications.

Content optimization is an obvious target for AI solutions. A lot of applications are fighting in this space that enables marketers to evaluate audiences and generate content using language and emotion tailored to specific segments while learning as more data comes through. None of them are perfect or what we all want AI to be, so do your homework and evaluate all potential possibilities before signing that contract.

Take Optimail, which optimizes email campaigns through adaptive personalization, or Phrasee, a fun company that started only focused on subject lines, and in very short order their technology has expanded to all sorts of copy/content. Don’t limit your horizons; think creatively how you can expand the capabilities.

Ironically, a major benefit of AI technologies is that they make emails feel more human. By providing more personalized user experiences through data, AI can help create deeper connections with your subscribers and invoke more emotion with its language (or emoji) usage — a slightly creepy cherry on top.

3. Real-time, cross-channel personalization will drive customer experiences

In addition to using AI applications to create more tailored user experiences, this year we’ll see marketers increase their efforts to personalize content in real time across channels. Expect next-generation personalization to appear more frequently in emails, websites, and even products.

Small clothing brands like StitchFix and TrunkClub are already reaping the benefits of personalization. By personalizing subscription boxes, these brands give customers individualized brand experiences. Other brands personalize individual products. For example, Coca-Cola allows customers to order bottles emblazoned with their names, and Converse allows customers to customize the fit and color of their sneakers.

As this level of detail migrates to larger brands, it could lead to a seismic shift in the way consumers interact with brands and products across a range of industries.

4. Kinetic email will change the look, feel and experience of email

One of the trends I’m excited to see more of in 2018 is kinetic email. Designed to make emails look and feel more like a website experience, kinetic emails introduce a new layer of interactivity to the email experience. As ISPs like Gmail continue to adopt these functionalities, it will make the experience in the inbox more fluid and quicker to the register.

The best examples of kinetic email include hover buttons, hotspots, add to order carts, image carousels, and other features. The upside is that these emails are not only more attractive than traditional email, but they’re also more effective for encouraging subscribers to engage with the brand and its products.

Although marketers are still working out the kinks (Microsoft sent a kinetic email that didn’t work on Microsoft email clients), Taco Bell, Burberry, and Nest are examples of brands that are using interactivity in the inbox. It’s hard to find them out in the wild, so be sure to look for more of these emails to land in your inbox in the coming months.

5. Passive opt-outs will (continue to) be a major challenge

Marketers are sending more emails than ever before. In Q3 2017, our company sent more than 7 billion emails through our cross-channel communications platform.

But with so many emails filling inboxes, it’s becoming difficult to keep subscribers engaged, and some marketers are struggling with declining KPIs. In 2018, I expect that some marketers will continue to struggle, while others will take the initiative and implement strategies to stem the trend of passive opt-outs.

To reduce opt-outs, email campaigns should engage audiences quickly, using offers and content that are relevant to individual subscribers’ opt-in path. Early welcome touch points, segmented engagement buckets, robust triggers, personalization and other tactics can go a long way toward retaining subscribers at key points in the customer lifecycle.

6. Mobile purchasing will reach a tipping point

Mobile purchasing is rapidly closing the gap with desktop purchasing as consumers and B2B buyers embrace smartphones and other mobile devices as primary conduits for brand connections.

Even though marketers are aware of the trend toward mobile purchasing, many brands continue to struggle with the basics of mobile optimization. Instead of delivering seamless mobile and cross-channel experiences, brands continue to stumble when it comes to making images, call-to-action buttons, content and other features more appealing to mobile audiences.

For brands who say their email is “responsive already” and have put mobile on the back burner, it’s time to develop a comprehensive mobile strategy. We’re reaching a tipping point, and the marketers who stay serious about optimizing emails and purchase experiences for mobile will continue to win out.

7. GDPR will create headaches for unprepared marketers

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is European legislation that will force businesses to protect the data and privacy of European Union citizens. Slated to go into effect in May 2018, GDPR impacts transactions that occur within EU member states and will inevitably impact any brand that sells to European markets.

In many ways, the pending GDPR deadline is similar to the debacle surrounding Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) — many marketers won’t be prepared for it to go into effect and will have to race to the finish line to meet GDPR requirements.

All marketers need to start preparing now. GDPR is more complex than it seems, and the consequences of non-compliance will be severe.

Change is the only constant in life — and email marketing. For 40 years, email has generated great results for marketers that evolved their strategies to align with new realities. This year won’t be any different. If you stay current with trends and adapt your strategy accordingly, email will continue to deliver exceptional results for your brand in 2018 and beyond.


Author: Kyle Henderick



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Twitter Launches New ‘Threads’ Feature for Tweetstorms

Twitter is announcing the launch of a new feature that will allow people to more easily post tweetstorms – that is, multiple numbered tweets on a topic or idea “tweetstorm.” Now With Threads, two or more tweets can be linked, simplifying and streamlining the tweetstorm concept.  The company confirmed last month it was testing the feature – which it’s now calling “threads” – across its iOS and Android apps.

When you create a tweet on Twitter, you can use the “+” button to add more tweets to the original tweet in the compose window. All of your tweets can be drafted ahead of time and then sent out at once using the new “Tweet All” button.

Tweets can also be added to a published thread using the “Add Another Tweet” button, and when browsing Twitter, there’s a new “Show this thread” label that makes it easier to find a series of linked tweets.


Twitter says that the new Threads feature is designed for people who want to serialize a longer story or thought or provide ongoing commentary on a particular event or topic.

Threads are the second major change that’s been made to Twitter in recent weeks, following a decision to increase the character limit from 140 to 280 characters to give Twitter users more room to express themselves.

Twitter says the new Threads feature is rolling out to iOS, Android, and the web “in the coming weeks.”


Author: David Vega, Jacksonville


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