Twitter officially launches its long-form content ‘Notes’ feature – TechCrunch

Twitter Announced today that it’s launching “Notes,” a way to write and post long-form content on the platform. The official announcement comes a day after TechCrunch reported that the feature would be rolling out soon.

A small group of writers in the United States, Canada, Ghana, and the United Kingdom now have access to Notes as part of the initial testing phase. Twitter says that Notes can be read on and off Twitter by people in most countries. Users who are part of the testing phase will gain access to a new “Write” tab, which is where they can write and access all of their Notes. These users will also have a new “Notes” tab on their profile that contains their published work so that their long-form content can be easily found by their followers.

With the new feature, users will be able to create richly formatted articles and uploaded media, which can then be tweeted and shared with followers upon publication. Users will have the option to embed photos, videos, GIFs, and tweets in their notes. Like tweets, Notes will have its own link and can be tweeted, retweeted, direct messaged, liked, and bookmarked.

Twitter Notes has the potential to change the way some people use Twitter to share their deepest thoughts and ideas. The new feature could be particularly useful for users who post article content infrequently and don’t want the hassle of setting up and maintaining their own blog or website. It’s also worth noting that the feature marks one of Twitter’s most significant changes since it doubled the number of characters from 140 to 280 characters.

The new feature will address situations where it can be difficult to follow threads by allowing users to put all the text in one note. Notes will also address the situation where users had to post screenshots of their Notes app to tweet a large chunk of text.

The introduction of Twitter Notes may pose some competition with long-form blogging platforms such as WordPress or Medium, the latter coincidentally developed by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams.

Twitter also announced today that it will launch a new Twitter Write team focused on creating tools for readers. The company is merging its newsletter subscriptions into Twitter Write, which is now the brand it’s using to encompass its long-form writing efforts, including notes and newsletters. The Editorial team will focus on improving the Twitter experience for writers. The social media giant notes that its definition of writers includes journalists, bloggers, newsletter editors, comedians, content creators, social media community managers, poets, screenwriters, and more.

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