Some tweetstorms are good, but reading them on Twitter can be a pain in the ass. Thread Reader reformats a tweetstorm into a readable essay
Our problem was that it is a pain to read Twitter threads (or Tweetstorm) on the official twitter website/app and we think that all the Tweets put one after another in a medium.com alike page could be better.
So we asked ourselves: "What about a service that helps you unroll a full Twitter thread on a dedicated beautifully designed page to allow an easy read of the whole story?"
Thread Reader App is a service that allows anyone to unroll long Twitter thread and display them on an easy to read page.
We also try to help people discover interesting threads with a trending section and hashtag based pages. The unroll part is mostly done with a bot you can interact with, see How to section.
Thread Reader has other interesting features, like getting a PDF Archive of a given thread, having a personalized account with a list of all of your unrolls. Subscriptions to authors so you don't miss anything. Find out more on the How to section.
Actual developer #2
Every month we try to add a new post on our Patreon talking about challenges we have. You can read it there: patreon.com/ThreadReaderApp (and become a paying Patreon!)
No this site is just three indie developers on a laptop coding everything.
From the bot, to the trending section.
It's all hand-coded, designed, deployed and marketed by us.
This service is not related to Twitter.com
It is free! Thread Reader main service is and always will be free.
You must know that Thread Reader is not a startup. It’s just three indie developers working very hard to make it happen. Everyday we are working on this project, doing marketing, support and development.
We don't have any external funding on purpose: our goal is to avoid the usual Startup story. You know when someone build a cool service and get some users, attracts some big company (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) and get bought. Then somehow the service gets closed or fades away.
Instead, if every user is paying a little bit for the service, then you’re less likely to see it disappear overnight. To be honest, even if we're passionate about what we're doing, in the end if we don’t get any money to live, we’ll have to get back to a more classic desk job.
The second very important point is: stay as independent as possible.
Thread Reader is already bound to Twitter through their Terms of Service – and somehow through some of their obscure developer rules – but we don't want to depend on any other entity/person that could decide who and what can be published on the website.
You may think that it doesn't cost much to run a site like this?But you’re mistaken.
Let’s run the numbers: a good full stack developer is paid $150,000/y+, a normal Startup probably has 4 engineers: that's $600,000/y. Add some support and marketing people and you’re close to $800,000/y in labor costs. On the technical side we'd like to keep it simple but still: sending emails (like subscriptions alerts) costs $1,000/y, hosting and bandwidth is cheap but still adds up $5,000/y. Even Twitter API is going to be paying at some point. Plus you need a bunch of other services like security audit, backups, software licences, etc. probably another $10,000/y.
That means we'd be close to $1,000,000/y to make this profitable not even talking about taxes. We can assure you, We don't even make close to that!
To sum up, when you pay for Premium you get all those advanced features but foremost you’re supporting us and the service so it can stay online and independent.
Thread Reader mostly makes money from Premium membership and ads.
Please contact us by email at email@example.com
We made a series of videos about the technical part of Thread Reader, you will find all the tricks used here: Youtube .
The best way to support Thread Reader App is to pay for it
(Even if you don't need all the Premium features)
To support Thread Reader App all we need is that you talk about it to your friends, but if you want to be even more helpful, start a Premium membership.