Longer tweets are now possible. Twitter announced that it has started testing a new “Notes” feature that makes it possible to publish long-form content on the platform that’s usually known for quick and short 280-character tweets.
In the announcement, the social media platform shares: “A small group of writers are helping us test Notes. They can be read on and off Twitter, by people in most countries.”
What we know so far
As part of the initial testing phase, Notes is currently available to a small group of writers in the United States, Canada, Ghana, and the United Kingdom. The new “Write” tab will be available to users during the testing phase, where they can write and view all of their Notes. To make it simple for their followers to locate their long-form writing, these users will also have a new “Notes” link in their profiles that holds this longer content.
Users will be able to write articles with the new feature that include rich formatting and uploaded media, which can then be tweeted and shared with followers after publication. Users will be given the choice to insert tweets, photographs, videos, and GIFs into their Notes. Like tweets, Notes will have a unique link and be able to be liked, bookmarked, forwarded in DMs, and retweeted.
Twitter Notes has the potential to revolutionize how people use Twitter, making it possible to share more fleshed-out thoughts and ideas. This feature will especially be useful for people who usually publish long-form articles, but don’t necessarily want to create their own website or blog.
This is definitely one of Twitter’s most significant changes since it doubled its character count from 140 to 280 characters in 2017.
The launch of Twitter Notes could put long-form writing sites like WordPress or Medium, the latter of which was ironically created by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, in competition. If Twitter chooses to incorporate newsletters into Notes, the function might compete with well-known services like Substack.
Additionally, Twitter revealed the introduction of a brand new Twitter Write team with the goal of creating tools for readers. The business is combining its newsletter subscribers into Twitter Write, which is now the name it’s using to include all of its long-form writing initiatives, including Notes and newsletters.
The Write team’s attention will be on enhancing writers’ Twitter experiences. The social media platform explained that their notion of writers encompasses a wide range of professions, including journalism, blogging, newsletter publishing, humor writing, content creation, social media community management, poetry, screenwriting, and more.
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