How to Add Existing Tweets to a Thread
Many Twitter users have a long history of communicating on the platform. But say you want to add a new tweet to an existing thread you created a long time ago. Scrolling through your complete tweeting history to find the original Tweet can be very demanding.
So, should you start scrolling or just give up?
We agree it can be a challenge. But we also have good news.
As of 2021, Twitter has a new feature that makes using the platform so much easier for its users. Now it’s possible to turn existing Tweets into threads. While you can’t move your old Tweets to threads they’re not already a part of, you can add new Tweets to your old ones.
Keep reading to learn how.
Adding Tweets to a Thread on Desktop Computer
There’s always been the possibility of connecting multiple Tweets and creating a thread, but adding Tweets to an existing thread is something new.
Before, you could simply locate an old thread that you wanted to update, select one of the Tweets, and add a new one.
Now, if you wish to comment on an old topic again, you don’t need to start a new thread or scroll endlessly anymore. As you compose your newest comment, you can now easily link the new Tweet with the old one and launch your followers back to the original thread.
Here’s how you can do it from your desktop computer.
- Log in to your Twitter account.
- Click on the “What’s happening?” field at the top to start typing your Tweet.
- Open more options by pulling down from the compose window.
- Choose whether you want to “Add” to your last Tweet or “Continue Thread.”
- To add a new Tweet to an old thread, click the three dots and select the desired thread.
- Finish typing your Tweet and select “Tweet” to publish it.
See? A piece of cake. Maybe you can’t edit your Tweets (and you might be wondering if you’ll ever be able to do so), but this is as close as it gets for now. At least you have a chance to add new insight to an old comment.
How to Add Existing Tweets to a Thread on Android
If you’re an Android user, here’s what you need to do to add new Tweets to an old thread.
- Open Twitter on your smartphone or tablet.
- To start typing a new Tweet, select the blue “Compose” icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
- Swipe down to reveal the “Continue Thread” feature.
- Tap it and find the thread to which you’d like to add additional information.
- Enter your new Tweet and tap the publish icon to share it with your followers.
How to Add Existing Tweets to a Thread on iPhone
If you’re an iOS user, you may have had trouble with this new feature initially. However, it now works seamlessly, so you can also add new comments to your old Tweets in a more straightforward way.
- Launch Twitter on your phone or tablet and log in.
- Select the “Compose” icon (the plus sign and a feather) to enter a new Tweet.
- Swipe down to show the “Continue Thread” option and tap it.
- Find a thread to which you want to add the new Tweet.
- When done typing, tap “Tweet” to publish the newest addition to your existing thread.
How to Create a Twitter Thread
Creating threads on Twitter lets you connect your extensive thoughts in a tidier manner. Here’s a reminder of how to create a thread.
Note that there’s an unwritten rule that marking your Tweets as 1/5 (meaning 1 of 5), 2/5 (2 of 5), etc., makes it easier to follow the thread.
- Open your Twitter app or navigate to the official website in a browser.
- Sign in to your account and select the “Compose” icon to create a new Tweet.
- Enter the first Tweet of your thread. You’ll instantly see when you’re over the character limit because that part of the Tweet will be highlighted.
- When you’re done with the first Tweet, you’ll see a small blue plus sign in the lower right corner of the window, just above your keyboard.
- Click or tap it and add a new Tweet to your thread. Repeat this step multiple times until you finish your thread.
- When you finish typing the last Tweet, select “Tweet all” to publish your thread.
This way, you’re publishing multiple Tweets at once instead of posting them one by one. They will appear in a thread and make more sense for your followers to share on their feeds.
How to Create a Tweetstorm
Twitter launched threads several years ago, although many people still refer to these as “tweetstorms,” a term that may have a negative connotation. What do we mean?
Well, since the number of Tweets in a tweetstorm can be as many as 25, many Twitter users will tell users who unleash such a tweetstorm to just “get a blog.” The whole point of this social platform is to post short forms, but the tweetstorms seem to go directly against this “rule.” Not to mention that Twitter increased the character limit for a Tweet from 140 to 280.
Tweetstorms start with a number and a slash in most cases, so they’re easier to follow. You can create one by following the same steps used for creating threads, as these are the same thing. The main difference is that other people can participate in a thread, while a tweetstorm is made by one user.
Do you have more questions? Here are a couple of frequently asked ones. You may find your answer here.
How Do You Add Another Tweet to a Reply?
The process is simple. Find the Tweet you’d like to reply to and do the following:
• Select the reply icon (the cloud-shaped one).
• You’ll see a new screen pop up with the username of the person to whom you’re replying.
• Enter your Tweet in the corresponding field and post by tapping or clicking the “Reply” button.
How Do You Quote Tweet From Another Tweet?
We used to retweet other users’ Tweets with and without quotes, but Twitter came up with a new idea in August of 2020. Quotes with comments are now an entirely different section. You’ll have a separate option if you want to retweet someone’s Tweet with your comment. You can also see the number of Quote Tweets under your Tweet.
If you stumble upon a Tweet that someone you follow quoted and you’d like to share it as well, you can do it by clicking or tapping the original Tweet. In case this user has their profile set to private, you’d need to send them a follow request first.
Reviving Your Twitter Memories
Reviewing your first-ever Tweet or continuing an old thread on an important topic is a more straightforward process now than ever before. A few taps or clicks and – voila! You’ve opened the conversation again, and you can add new valuable information for your followers.
Do you like to participate in threads on Twitter? What about creating tweetstorms? Share your experience in the comments section below.