After expanding its character limit for tweets a few years ago, Twitter is testing a new feature called Notes that lets users ditch character limits altogether.
The company confirmed testing the new feature in a tweet, along with a longer Note explaining everything Notes can do:
“Notes will give people the ability to go over 280 characters on Twitter in a single piece of content, with the inclusion of photos, videos, GIFs, and Tweets. Notes can be written, published, and shared on Twitter, and read all across the Internet.”
Unfortunately for most of us, the feature is initially being tested among a select number of writers in the US, UK, Canada, and Ghana.
As the announcement explains:
“We’re excited for the moment when everyone can use Notes, but for now, our focus is on building it right. A large part of that is engaging with writers and building community.”
Notably, the feature does not appear to be replacing Twitter threads, at least for now:
“There are situations, however, where threads aren’t enough. From the rise of the screenshot announcement Tweet to the newsletter boom, a new reality became clear: people were writing long elsewhere, and then coming to Twitter to share their work and for the conversation surrounding all those words.”
In the announcement, Twitter also detailed a few unique features which will make Notes attractive to those looking to publish longer content:
- Formatting: Formatting tools included bold, italic, and strikethrough text, as well as the ability to add links and create lists.
- Include Media: Notes can include one GIF, one video, or up to four static images.
- Embedded Tweets: Include traditional tweets in Notes by pasting a URL or from your bookmarked tweets.