Twitter begins testing long-form ‘Notes’ feature in select regions

The micro-blogging platform Twitter recently confirmed that it is working on a built-in notes feature. Notes will allow Twitter users to type long text on the platform instead of the usual “tweets” which are limited to 280 characters.

The feature is currently only available in select regions such as the US, UK, Ghana and Canada as it is still being tested. Twitter revealed how Notes will work with the help of two GIFs.

Notes will be a separate section in the app where Twitter users will be able to write their long-form content in the “Write” tab. This longer piece can then be included in a tweet for later posting.

Twitter also mentions that a group of writers helped the platform test the feature by posting long posts with tweets, photos, and other videos mixed in with it.

Feedback can change how people use Twitter

The announcement isn’t entirely shocking given Twitter reports that the long-form writing feature has been popping up on the web for months now. Back in May of the Thai year, Twitter user Jane Manchun Wong also shared screenshots of this feature.

That doesn’t change the fact that this is a huge change for Twitter itself. Until now, the popular social media/micro-blogging platform was known for its distinct micro-text style, meaning that all information in a Tweet had to be crammed into 140, and later, 280 characters.

With feedback coming into the picture, how users actually use Twitter can change quickly. One could argue that Twitter has been used to longer text content already by concatenating multiple tweets into what could be called a “thread” but with Notes Twitter would directly encourage the use of a longer text format alongside short tweets, which could lead to Still going.

As indicated in the report by the edge, Publishing larger articles with Notes directly to Twitter may help make the text indexable for marketing and research purposes.

We still don’t know when Notes will reach other regions like India, but if the popularity of the feature is growing rapidly in the specific regions where it’s available now, it won’t take long.

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