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Twitter May Make It Easier to Tweetstorm


"The thing that makes the Twitter thread unique from any other kind of long communication is you can respond and address things point by point," Claire Willett, a writer based in Portland, Oregon, told me a few months ago when a tweetstorm feature was first rumored. Willett had a Twitter thread she started on one of her accounts go viral earlier this year--in 100 tweets, she argued that Joey and Rachel were actually a great couple on the TV show Friends. She's right that a Twitter thread differs from an essay or blog post in that it can't always be planned out in advance, despite how the tweetstorm feature seems to be designed--it's more like a live performance, one where other Twitter users can encourage you and egg you on in specific directions. "They're thinking in a way that feels more intimate and more personal," Willett said of threads. With this new feature, what if you plan out a 100-tweet thread … and no one shows up to read it?

Trump tweetstorm about Michael Cohen 'flipping' overlooks one key detail


Donald Trump isn't afraid to share his Thoughts, even if sometimes those Thoughts don't exactly mean what he thinks they mean. This was once again on display Saturday morning in a series of tweets regarding his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, and whether or not he would "flip" on the president. Cohen, as you may recall, was recently on the receiving end of an FBI raid, and a Friday New York Times article speculated that he may eventually cooperate with federal officials. SEE ALSO: Michael Cohen's secret client? Trump, shall we say, was not a fan.

US-bound migrant caravan sparks Trump tweetstorm

Al Jazeera

An annual crossing by more than a thousand Central American migrants into Mexico has prompted a storm of criticism from the US president on Twitter. The so-called Easter Caravan is organised by activists who aim to highlight the plight of people escaping crime and poverty and seeking sanctuary in Mexico or the United States. Donald Trump accused Mexico of failing to do enough to prevent them from entering the US.

Fact-check Trump's next tweetstorm as it happens


President-elect Donald Trump is an active Twitter user and has over 17.4 million followers. As a way of fact checking our nation's next leader's online musings, The Washington Post created a Chrome extension that does just that. Called "RealDonaldContext," it takes his 140-character thoughts and, as the name suggests, give context to what he's saying. For example, in the tweet above he made a few disparaging remarks about Vanity Fair. If someone hasn't been paying attention to the internet over the past few days, they might not know what prompted the remarks.