Twitter, the popular microblogging platform, started out with a 140-character limit for each tweet. It eventually expanded to a 280-character limit. This didn’t appear to be enough for opinionated wordsmiths on the platform. Such users started voicing their thoughts via numbered threads. Now, Twitter is working on a feature that will let you publish long-form content as a single tweet via Notes.
Twitter Notes: Here’s How It Will Work
The new functionality, called Notes, will let Twitter users express their long-winded ramblings in more than 280 characters. You will be allowed to add images, GIFs, and embedded tweets. Moreover, you can format the text and even add a header image to the Note. Do note that the 280-character limit continues to hold true for regular tweets, thus keeping the short-form spirit of Twitter alive.
Currently, Notes is being tested with a small group of writers from the US, Canada, the UK, and Ghana. To access the functionality, users will have to select the “Write” option from the navigation bar on the left-hand side. While this feature is only supported in a few countries for now, Twitter users in other countries across the world will be able to read them. However, Twitter adds that users in a few countries may not be able to read Notes.
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Twitter says that Note cards, which the company describes as “Tweets with Note previews and links,” can be viewed on users’ home timeline. Note cards will function like regular tweets, wherein users will be allowed to retweet, share, and quote tweets.
Twitter Notes Availability
The company has not yet revealed the list of countries that will be able to view and create Notes. There’s no word on when it will be rolled out to the public either.
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