Have you ever written a tweet that was too long for Twitter and then had to split it into multiple tweets in the form of a thread? It’s quite common, and sites like TwitLonger were created with the direct aim of providing a platform for users to post longer posts sharing their Twitter handle. Twitter is now finally testing what could be described as its own version of TwitLonger in the form of “Notes”, and it’s currently available to a smaller number of users.
A small group of writers help us test Notes. They can be read by people on and off Twitter in most countries. pic.twitter.com/IUVVkr2vnl
— Twitter writing (@TwitterWrite) June 22, 2022
As the company states, people in most countries can read a “note”, but only a select few can actually write one. Writers can share their notes in what appears to be articles, and clicking on it takes you to a long-form reader in Twitter’s user interface.
After doubling the number of characters from 140 to 280 in 2017, users were happy enough with the space they had to interact with followers. Still, it’s not the most robust form of communication, and that’s where Notes comes in. Notes can have a header image and embedded tweets, with photos in the mix as well.
Previously, it was rumored that the feature would be rolled out as “Articles”. Articles may have a dedicated tab or section, much like Spaces and the Explore tab, but it’s too early to tell at this point.
Whether or not this will kill threads is unlikely. To view one, you still have to tap it and then read it through; not only will it show up easily on your timeline to read the beginning of. Discussions often work by hooking readers in from the very first tweet, and instead you only see a title and a photo when someone links to a note.
It’s unclear what the future holds for the Notes rollout, but we’ll be watching when the company has more to say about it.