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

Micro-blogging platform Twitter recently confirmed that it was working on a built-in Notes feature. Notes will allow Twitter users to write long-form text on the platform instead of the usual ‘tweets’ which are limited to 280 characters.

The feature is currently only available in select regions like the US, the UK, Ghana and Canada as it is still under testing. Twitter revealed how the Notes feature would work with the help of two GIFs.

Notes will be a separate section in the app where Twitter users will be able to write out their long-form content in a ‘Write’ tab. This longer piece can then be embedded in a tweet later to publish it.

Twitter also mentions that a group of writers has been helping the platform test by publishing long-form posts with other tweets, images and videos all mixed into them.

Notes could change how people use Twitter

The announcement is not exactly shocking given reports of Twitter working on a long-form writing feature surfacing the web for months now. Back in May Thai year, Twitter user Jane Manchun Wong also shared screenshots of the feature.

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

With Notes coming into the picture, how users could actually use Twitter could change quickly. One could argue that Twitter was used for longer text content already chaining multiple tweets in what would be called a ‘thread’ but with notes, Twitter would be directly encouraging the use of a longer text format along with the tweets, which would still continue.

As pointed out in a report by The Verge, Publishing large articles with notes directly on twitter could help make the text indexable for marketing and search purposes.

We still do not know when the notes will come to other regions like India, but if the popularity of the feature is to grow fast in select regions it is available right now, that should not take too long.

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