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Twitter tests new ‘Notes’ feature that allows users to share 2,500-word blog-style posts

Twitter is testing a new feature called “Notes,” which will allow users to post blogs of up to 2,500 words — and even edit them if they want to.

Tried out with a small group of writers from the UK, US, Canada and Ghana, Notes allows people to put text, photos, videos, GIFs and embedded tweets into a single piece of content.

Twitter has a 280-character limit for a single tweet, so the only way Twitter users used to be able to post long messages is through a “thread” — a series of connected tweets — or by posting a photo of a text passage.

Notes allows users to go beyond this limit and even edit what they’ve written after the piece has been published.

Notes allows users to post - and even edit - blogs of up to 2,500 words after they're published.  Pictured is Notes as seen on Twitter mobile app

Notes allows users to post – and even edit – blogs of up to 2,500 words after they’re published. Pictured is Notes as seen on Twitter mobile app

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Twitter is testing Notes with a small group of writers from the UK, US, Canada and Ghana.

The new feature allows users to post long, blog-like posts on the social media platform.

These messages can be longer than 280 characters (the current limit for a single tweet); include embedded photos, videos, GIFs, and tweets; and are edited before and after publication.

A new Notes tab on a user’s profile lists a user’s published work.

Rembert Browne, editor-in-chief at Twitter, explained the new feature in a: Own comment

“Today we’re testing a new feature called Notes,” he said. Notes allow people to use more than 280 characters on Twitter in a single piece of content, with the addition of photos, videos, GIFs and Tweets.

“Notes can be written, published and shared on Twitter and read all over the web.”

The new feature is aimed at people who would normally use Twitter to link to a blog on another website, such as LinkedIn or Tumblr.

Allowing Twitter users to write a blog on Twitter prevents followers of the website from clicking away to these other sites.

Once a “note” is written, users can tweet it or generate a link to post it elsewhere on the web as well, redirecting readers to the Twitter site.

While Notes will be available to everyone as and when it rolls out, it was created specifically with writers in mind.

“Twitter is where writers live,” Browne said. “And as a platform for writers, it’s clear that Twitter is essential.”

Users participating in the trial can access their notes thanks to a new tab, located between ‘Bookmarks’ and ‘Messages’.

Notes allows users to go beyond the 280-character limit and even edit what they've written, even after a piece has been published

Notes allows users to go beyond the 280-character limit and even edit what they’ve written, even after a piece has been published

Once a 'note' is ready, users can tweet it or generate a link to post it elsewhere on the web as well - redirecting people to the Twitter site

Once a ‘note’ is ready, users can tweet it or generate a link to post it elsewhere on the web as well – redirecting people to the Twitter site

Notes is the closest thing to an edit button, the platform’s most requested feature, which it plans to finally introduce.

In a tweet on April 1, Twitter’s communications department wrote, “We’re working on an edit button,” which many believed was an April 1 joke.

A few days later, Twitter confirmed that it had been working on an editing feature since last year and is currently being tested.

The edit button will initially be rolled out in Twitter Blue, Twitter’s $2.99 ​​per month subscription service that gives access to exclusive features.

It was thought that Twitter was influenced by Elon Musk, who wants to buy Twitter for $44 billion and is already the largest shareholder of the social network.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted a poll in April asking his followers if they would like Twitter to have an edit button

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted a poll in April asking his followers if they would like Twitter to have an edit button

The billionaire questioned his Twitter followers about the creation of an edit button in April, just hours after he filed an SEC disclosure revealing his 9.2 percent stake.

One of the potential problems with allowing users to edit their tweets is the possibility that they can completely change the content of their post once it has been heavily endorsed by millions of likes and retweets.

This can lead to unimaginable confusion and misinformation, something social media platforms try to avoid in the age of fake news.

However, Twitter seems to have changed its tune regarding an edit button since the company founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey was asked in January 2020 if it would be introduced.

Dorsey replied simply, ‘The answer is no’.

For years, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey (pictured) wouldn't give in to users' demands to introduce an edit button for tweets

For years, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey (pictured) wouldn’t give in to users’ demands to introduce an edit button for tweets

In an interview with wiredDorsey said at the time: The reason there is no edit button [and] there was traditionally no edit button, we started out as a text messaging service.

“So as you all know, if you text, you can’t really take it back. We wanted to keep that vibe and that feeling of the past.’

Dorsey stepped down as CEO of Twitter last November and was replaced by Parag Agrawal. Last month Dorsey tweeted, “I will never be CEO again.”

TWITTER LAUNCHES ‘TWITTER BLUE’ IN FOUR COUNTRIES – BUT UK USERS HAVE TO WAIT

In 2021, Twitter will officially roll out its Twitter Blue subscription service in four countries: the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Twitter Blue charges users $2.99 ​​per month to access exclusive features, but many users seem unwilling to pay extra for the social media platform.

The most exciting feature seems to be the Undo Tweet that allows users to edit a tweet before it goes live.

It also includes bookmarks, which allow users to save individual tweets in folders, and Reader mode, which converts strings of tweets into an article-like view.

But UK users are still waiting to try out Twitter Blue. Once rolled out in the UK, it will cost users £2.49 per month.

However, Twitter emphasizes that this does not mean it is trying to phase out the free version of the platform.

Former CEO Jack Dorsey has focused in the past on tweaking Twitter to try to attract more people and increase revenue.

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