(Written by Jesse Priest.)
One thing I like about Twitter is that it forces you to compact your thoughts into tight sentences so that they can fit into a single tweet, 140 characters. Instead of going on a complete rant on Facebook, you can precisely focus your sentences on Twitter and in turn, make your points more direct and get rid of the use of unnecessary words.
But a big downfall of Twitter, some say, is that you can’t reliably and effectively discuss a complex topic that will be easily accessible and readable. Reading a tweet and then having to back out and find the next tweet that follows it can be a pain sometimes. But there is a really useful thing that you can do so that you can string along all of your tweets that relate to a certain topic and make them easy to follow and read. It’s called a thread.
Twitter threads can be used for many different purposes. You can explore a topic or issue with your opinion in a thread. Or you can do what many journalists are doing now, which is to make a sort of tweetstorm about a news event that is happening. One journalist that I follow very closely is Rukmini Callimachi, a correspondent for The New York Times who focuses on al-Qaeda and ISIS. I think she is one of the more popularizers of this type of tweeting.
She goes into great detail of terrorist attacks and anyone who is interested in knowing the details of an Islamist attack should definitely follow her and check out her tweetstorms. They are very informative.