Twitter will test the long-form “Notes” feature with a small group of writers

Twitter has added a new way to type messages longer than 280 characters.

Twitter on Wednesday unveiled “Notes,” a new feature that will allow users to write longer posts on the social platform. This feature will allow users to create content with rich formatting and uploaded media in blog-like posts, which can then be tweeted and shared with followers upon posting.

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“We are testing a way to write longer on Twitter,” the social network announced on Wednesday. The feature is currently available as a closed test for a “small group of writers” in hopes of determining “the best way to support people who come to write on Twitter,” the company said in a statement. statement.

The new feature appears to expand Twitter’s recent attempts to break into the newsletter market, including with its acquisition of newsletter publisher Revue in January 2021. Notes will be limited to 100-character headlines and 2,500-word posts.

Users will see the note card in their timeline if they follow a writer, if someone posts a note URL in a tweet, or if the note card is retweeted.

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The new feature may provide some competition to the Thread Reader app, which takes Twitter threads and summarizes them in one place. The notes will also allow those wishing to post a Twitter feed across multiple tweets to compile the text in a singular place once the feature is available to the general public.

The feature was previously spotted by researchers in May under the title “Twitter Articles”, according to Tech Crunch. The feature included a blog-like screen interface, media integrations, and built-in tweets.

Twitter did not say when the feature would be available to the public.

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