Twitter threads are a great way to share longer thoughts or stories without overloading your followers’ timelines. Plus, they can lead to more engagement, since people can reply to each individual tweet in a thread. But, how do you make a great Twitter thread? You could use a Twitter thread generator to guide you as well.
Here are some tips for you to get started.
Twitter Threads Tips To Inspire Others
Keep Threads Short and Sweet
Nobody wants to read a novel on Twitter, so keep your individual tweets short and to the point. A good rule of thumb is to keep each tweet under 120 characters. (Even though you can tweet up to 280 characters per tweet, that may go higher soon under Elon Musk.)
That way, people can easily retweet your individual tweets without having to edit them down.
As you can see below Ileane Smith made this thread very short and sweet about the Twitter edit for Blue members.
— Ileane (eye-leen) (@Ileane) October 6, 2022
And the thread is here:
— Ileane (eye-leen) (@Ileane) October 6, 2022
The Right Thread Flow
Make sure each tweet flows into the next. Your thread should tell a cohesive story from beginning to end.
That doesn’t mean every tweet HAS to be related, but there should be a thread of thought that ties everything together. You don’t want to be all over the place on your feed or you will lose your follower’s interest in the tweets.
However, if you need to edit published tweets be sure to sign up for a verified Twitter blue account.
Sprinkle Longer Tweets With Visual Content
Use images, GIFs, and videos sparingly. A couple of images can really spice up a thread and help break up big blocks of text, but don’t go overboard.
The key here is to use visuals judiciously, so they add to your thread instead of overwhelming it.
Limit Hashtags On Threads
Use hashtags sparingly as well. A couple of relevant hashtags can help your thread reach a wider audience, but too many hashtags will look spammy and turn people off from reading it.
One or two hashtags should suffice on your longer expanded tweets.
Invite people to add their own thoughts. Ask questions, provide polls, or just leave room at the end of your thread for people to share their own experiences on the topic you’re discussing. Engagement is key!
Don’t forget that numbered Twitter threads help users follow the thread along.
If you see the inspiring example below and click on the tweet you can see the 7 tips within the tweets.
Best thread I read today … https://t.co/WDRYasIxv7
— Corey Hinde | Google | Local SEO agency (@thecorsta) October 7, 2022
Use Twitter Thread Generators for Longer Tweets
If you’re thinking of starting a Twitter thread, there are a few Twitter thread generators that can make the process easier. First, there’s Threadmaker, which allows you to draft and publish Twitter threads directly from your computer. It uses AI when composing a longer tweet or thread.
There’s also Threadreader, which helps you format your thread, and Tweetdeck, which lets you schedule Twitter threads in advance.
And finally, there is Typefully, a Twitter thread generator where you can write, schedule, and publish on Twitter to grow your audience. You can read my friend’s review over on ShoutMeLoud.
So if you’re looking to start sharing your thoughts in 140-character increments, give one of these Twitter thread-maker apps a try. You will find which is the best Twitter thread-maker for you and some are completely FREE.
4,000 Character Count Tweets Are Available
If you are a Twitter Blue paid subscriber you can make longer tweets on your mobile device as well as edit tweets. These longer tweets can be up to 4,000 characters long.
That’s a long way from the original 140-character count and later 280-character count on the Twitter platform. It would be like publishing your own microblog post on the updated social network.
Conclusion Of Longer Tweets
Threads are an excellent way to share longer thoughts or stories without overloading your followers’ timelines—but only if they’re done right. By following the tips above, you can create tweets that are informative, cohesive, inspiring, and engaging.
So go forth and thread away today.
Do you like longer tweets and threads? Are you using any Twitter thread generator? Drop me a comment below and let us discuss it in the comments.
A fabulous tool for solopreneurs and bloggers to schedule threads on Twitter.
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Hi Lisa. I use TweetHunter for my Twitter Threads and use it to schedule tweets well into the future. I often add GIFs to make them engaging and visually appealing.
Thanks Randall, good to know that! I haven’t tried it yet but it looks very interesting. Thanks for coming by and letting us know. Have a great day ahead.
Love this update 😉 Because I have a long name LOL. And use images – and videos – regularly. I also dig the new Feature feature even though I haven’t explored it a bunch yet. Twitter seems to put out helpful updates regularly. I usually agree with them 🙂 Now off to tweet even a bit more. In terms of volume, and tweet length 😉 Thanks for the updates Lisa!
Hi Ryan, yes, I am loving it too. For me it’s the images and gifs that don’t take the space. I also love that they didn’t make the tweets so long that it would the dynamic of it being a fast paced communication. That is a great point you make with your username. Good to know!
You are welcome Ryan and I hope you are having a great weekend on the islands.
From long time I am looking for this initiative from Twitter finally they have taken decision in favour of publishers who wants to share their opinions more than 140 characters, in my point of view this is a good initiative from Twitter, thanks for sharing this information with us, see you soon with another article.
Hi Siddaiah, Long time no see 🙂 Thank you for coming by and yes I was so happy when they finally did this one. I liked that Twitter didn’t make the tweets too long as well. Just enough to fit the images, media and handles in. Have a great rest of the week Siddaiah.
Thanks for the “heads up” on Twitter. Having more room to say what I want is something that Is great. I think I kept shying away from Twitter because I couldn’t express myself in such few words.
Now that I can get a few more characters in there…this blabber mouth is a happy camper!
You are welcome Donna. This is something I bet you wished for 🙂 Twitter must have heard you! It’s great too that they didn’t allow for really long tweets but gave us a little extra along the way. Thank you for coming by Donna and enjoy the rest of the week there.
This is good news. Although I wouldn’t want Twitter to allow unlimited text, the current 140 character limit is sometimes not enough, especially for retweets. It’s also more important to include photos or videos now, because so many do, and they make your content stand out much more.
Hi Sue, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. I agree I would not want the tweets to be too long, it would take away from the speed and ease of using it. Those photos, videos and gifs do make a huge difference in engagement. People just love visuals. Thanks for coming by Sue and have a great weekend.
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I and my team is so happy with this announcement. Now there is no need to use third party apps to share bigger tweets.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Thanks for sharing this news with us.
Hi Ray, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Yes, you are not the only one. This is great news from Twitter. They finally gave us a little more space but not too much at the same time. Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful day!
Embedding an image or video hosted elsewhere rather than being uploaded through Twitter, such as a YouTube video, will still count towards the character limit.
Twitter’s original 140-character limit was created to be in line with the 160 characters of text messages, with space for a username, when users were meant to text their tweets.It’s wonderful because it’s just enough space to say something angrily self-righteous yet not enough space that you feel burdened to provide information that might support your inflammatory statement. It allows us to communicate in a context-free zone, promoting online arguments.
With best regards,
Twitter has taken a big step. It was required to remove the restrictions of the words. Now people can express more with no limits.
I have been noticing that people are using the GIFs and images a lot. And now is the ultimate fun with the tweets. I am sure, people are going to love it.
Thanks for letting us know.
Enjoy the day.
Hi Ravi, Yes, Twitter finally took that big step. Oh yes, gotta love those gifs, they are sure fun to use and see! You are welcome Ravi and have a great rest of the week there.
This is indeed good news. I have been watching for the rollout since Twitter announced it in May.
Finally we can have 140 characters to actually express our thoughts and we can stop trying to figure out creative abbreviations to make everything fit. 🙂
You offer so much good info about social media here – so glad I stopped by.
Looking forward to tweeting with you!
Hi Neena, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Yes – finally Twitter did it. There has been so much talk and speculation about this Twitter feature 🙂 Thanks Neena and have a wonderful Wednesday! Glad to have meet you via Triberr.
Ooooh. That is something I was looking for. Is that means we can post multiple images in a single tweet as they are not being counted or is it limited to one only??
Hi Sagar, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Great question and yes – the answewr is the photos will not count towards the tweet. I hope to update this post with examples soon. Thanks for coming by and have a great day!
That’s indeed good news 🙂
Yes, it’s been a long awaited one, though I wonder how much we would add, except the little bits we wish we could, as we can easily send two tweets if one falls short. Haven’t yet got the longer tweets, but look forward to it for sure.
Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
Hi Harleena, yes, I’d been waiting for this one. It really depends on much media you use in your tweets, GIFS, video, etc. I like that those will no longer count and the actual count is still 140, but what matters is the tweet itsef not the media. You are welcome. I appreciate your coming by Harleena and taking the time to comment on this one. Have a great rest of the week there!
Thank you for the mention, Lisa.
I didn’t get longer tweets yet, but I don’t really need ’em so much. 140 chars for sharing articles or quotes is enough. For the rest of the tweets (replies, for example), I can always send two or more tweets in case I need more space 😉
Hi Adrian, you are welcome. Love little tips! I liked the way they are rolling this one out Adrian, they are still using the 140 character count but just not counting the RT’s or the media in the tweets. So it’s a great compromise for all I believe. I would not want to see war and peace, I’m more of a short and sweet type of person 🙂 Thanks for coming by Adrian and have a great day!
Happy Monday, Lisa!
I’m excited to see Twitter is allowing us a bit longer than 140 characters. I mean, I don’t want to write a book on Twitter but sometimes you need and extra 20 characters or so. I haven’t noticed it on my profile yet but am anxiously awaiting.
Hope you had a great weekend! Thanks for sharing this with us!
Hi Brenda, another Monday already…. I was too when they introduced this feature coming out today. I would not like really long tweets but not counting the media as pat of tweet is just awesome I think! They are doing a roll out so it may take time for all of us to see it. I’ll be looking too. I did and I hope you have a great week Brenda. Loved your photo with your football jersey!