Twitter’s 140 character hard limit for messages has been massaged in a number of ways simply by exempting different parts of a tweet from the limit. But even so, that’s still not very many characters to play with, and it has led to many users posting so-called tweetstorms.
A tweetstorm occurs when one user sends out multiple tweets in quick succession to get across their message. It requires the user reply to their own previous message to continue the storm, and it’s easy to mess up. However, Twitter may simplify the creation of tweetstorms with a new feature.
As TechCrunch reports, a tweetstorm feature has been discovered hidden inside the Twitter Android app by a user known only as Devesh Logendran (a pseudonym). It allows a long message to be composed before it is automatically split up into tweets and posted all at once on to the service.
Twitter, as you’d expect, is not commenting on the unreleased feature. It may never be launched, but it exists and is being tested.
Whether making tweetstorms easier to create would be a good thing for Twitter is up for debate. It could see an influx of longer messages hitting the service and flooding timelines. Rather than seeing tweets from lots of different followers as we do now, you may be limited to far fewer simply because of how many tweetstorms appear.
With that in mind, if a tweetstorm tool does appear expect it to be quite limited. I suspect a tweetstorm would have its own character limit, for example, 1,400 characters or 10 tweets. Users could also be limited to no more than one tweetstorm per day. Alternatively, a tweetstorm could be presented as a single tweet you need to expand to read fully. It already sounds too complex to ever be considered for the service, doesn’t it?