According to a report published by TechCrunch, Twitter is getting set to debut a brand new feature called Twitter Notes in the coming weeks. Twitter Notes will be a sort of long-form writing.
For the last several months, there have been rumors and predictions that this particular function would be included. In May, an app researcher by the name of Jane Manchun Wong posted screenshots of a feature that either went by the name Twitter Notes or Twitter Articles. This feature gave users the ability to compose styled blog entries that included images, links, and embedded tweets. Another app researcher, Nima Owji, published further pictures of the same utility in April. These screenshots showed choices inside the tool that allowed users to either share content with their followers or generate independent links for posts that could be shared elsewhere on the web.
The Twitter Article Composer now comes with a “Focus Mode” (that button on the top-right) that expands the composer to the full screen, hides away the side bars pic.twitter.com/oOhyM1IIWs
— jane (@wongmjane) May 4, 2022
According to TechCrunch, the function can now be seen in beta versions of the Twitter app, where it is being given a prominent spot and is referred to as Notes. Even though the feature is said to be ready for deployment in the next weeks, there is a possibility that it may be delayed since further testing is required.
The personality of Twitter, which has been characterized for a very long time by short-form writing, may undergo a dramatic shift if the site were to include long-form writing. On the other hand, it may be argued that Twitter is already populated with larger pieces of writing that are posted in the shape of threads or posted screenshots of articles authored by other people or the users’ own work.
Twitter has the ability to take use of these postings’ worth more effectively if it supports longer forms of writing and publishes them on its platform. If articles or notes were published straight to Twitter, the text would be indexable, which would be beneficial for marketing and search reasons. It may also go in well with the developing Newsletters feature that the firm is working on. Twitter acquired the newsletter company Revue in 2021 in order to compete with competitors such as Substack. Since then, Twitter has incorporated Revue newsletters into users’ Twitter accounts. Despite this, it does not seem that the function has yet attained a broader level of appeal.