Twitter announced in the present day that it has begun testing “Notes,” a option to write and publish long-form content material on the social media platform. The official announcement comes a day after TechCrunch reported that the function could be launching quickly.
A small group of writers in the USA, Canada, Ghana and the UK now have entry to Notes as a part of the preliminary testing part. Twitter says Notes could be learn on and off Twitter by folks in most international locations. Customers who’re a part of the testing part will get entry to a brand new “Write” tab, which is the place they’ll write and entry all of their Notes. These customers will even have a brand new “Notes” tab of their profile that holds their printed work to make it simple for his or her followers to search out their long-form content material.
With the brand new function, customers will have the ability to create articles utilizing wealthy formatting and uploaded media, which may then be tweeted and shared with followers upon publishing. Customers may have the choice to embed images, movies, GIFs and tweets into their Notes. Like tweets, Notes may have their very own hyperlink and could be tweeted, retweeted, despatched in DM’s, preferred and bookmarked.
Twitter Notes has the potential to vary how some folks use Twitter to share their extra in-depth ideas and concepts. The brand new function might be notably helpful for these customers who sometimes publish article-length content material and don’t need the effort of establishing and sustaining their very own weblog or web site. It’s additionally value noting that the function marks one in all Twitter’s extra vital adjustments since doubling the character depend from 140 to 280 characters.
The brand new function will handle conditions the place it may be tough to comply with threads by permitting customers to place the entire textual content right into a Observe. Notes will even handle scenario the place customers needed to publish screenshots of their Notes app to be able to tweet a big portion of textual content.
The introduction of Twitter Notes could pose some competitors with long-form running a blog platforms, like WordPress or Medium, the latter coincidentally developed by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams. If Twitter decides to combine newsletters into Notes, the function may doubtlessly compete with well-liked platforms like Substack.
Twitter additionally introduced in the present day that it’s launching a brand new Twitter Write workforce that’s centered on constructing instruments for readers. The corporate is merging its publication subscriptions into Twitter Write, which is now the model that it’s utilizing to embody its long-form writing efforts, together with Notes and newsletters. The Write workforce will likely be centered on bettering the Twitter expertise for writers. The social media big notes that its definition of writers consists of journalists, bloggers, publication publishers, comedians, content material creators, social media group managers, poets, screenwriters and extra.