It took a while, but Twitter finally decided to increase the maximum tweet length to 280 characters. For some people, that’s still not enough, and threading isn’t for everyone. With that in mind, Twitter has started testing a new long-form writing format called Notes.
Twitter has long been branded as a microblogging service, and Notes takes things to the next level, essentially giving users the ability to write blog posts of any length. In addition to eliminating the character limit, Notes can also include embedded photos, videos, and even tweets. Best of all, the notes are editable. It might not be the “edit tweet” option people were looking for, but it’s a step in that direction.
Notes is only available to a limited number of Twitter users at this time. The company says a “small group of writers from Canada, Ghana, the UK and the US have been granted access at this time, with the plan being to open the feature up to a wider audience once once the comments have been collected.
Twitter posted about Notes via its new Twitter Write account:
Sharing news of the new feature and showing how it works, Twitter editorial director Rembert Browne wrote (in a note, of course):
Today we are testing a new feature called Remarks.
Notes will give users the ability to browse over 280 characters on Twitter in a single piece of content, with the inclusion of photos, videos, GIFs and Tweets. Notes can be written, posted and shared on Twitter, and read anywhere on the internet.
Before I get into the rest of the details — a passionate word about wires.
I like a good yarn. You know, the ones where every Tweet teaches you something, makes you laugh, keeps you on the edge of your little internet seat. Sometimes they can look like scenes in a movie, other times like flipping through the pages of the better book. Over the years, threads have evolved the way stories are told on Twitter: a mix of engaging, informative and entertaining content, led by both subject matter experts and enthusiasts.
There are situations, however, where threads are not enough. From the rise of tweet ad screenshot In the newsletter boom, a new reality became apparent: people were writing elsewhere for a long time, then coming to Twitter to share their work and for the conversation surrounding all those words.
He goes on to highlight some of the features of Notes:
- Over 280 characters
- Embed photos and videos and GIFs and Tweets.
- Release notes, readable on and off Twitter.
- Editorial notes, pre and post-publication.
- A Notes tab on your profile that contains your published work.
Learn more here.