Twitter’s under-testing Tweetstorm feature was spotted back in September, and at the time, was hidden from users. The feature allows the Twitterati to easily create chains of individual tweets that exceed Twitter’s 280-character limit for messages. Now, it’s starting to show on alpha and beta builds of the Twitter app for Android and iOS.
“Back in September, a developer discovered a hidden feature in Android’s Twitter app that would allow you to type out several tweets and queue them to send one by one, making it easier to launch a “tweetstorm” without having to type and send each tweet individually,” tech blog Android Police reported late on Friday.
Back then, the feature wasn’t activated yet but it now appears to be going live for some users, the report added. The Tweetstorm feature is speculated to be part of the Twitter v7.24.0 alpha for Android, but as mentioned, it is uncertain if a server-side switch will activate it. You can sideload the alpha build, which will be more buggy than beta builds, from APK mirror.
Twitter has confirmed to TechCrunch it is testing the Tweetstorm feature in both the alpha and beta programmes on Android and iOS platforms.
Meanwhile, in a major overhaul, the company announced to remove verification badges from users who violate its rules, adding that the micro-blogging platform is reworking on its entire verification system.
“We will continue to review and take action as we work towards a new programme we are proud of,” the official @TwitterSupport account posted late on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, Twitter suspended its account verification exercise – a process that gives public figures on the micro-blogging platform a blue check mark next to their names.