TikTok is finally bringing the long-form videos
The firm is getting ready to roll out a new tool that would permit the instant publication of long-form content on its platform, which could be one of Twitter’s more important upgrades since increasing the character limit from 140 to 280. Users will be able to compose articles utilising rich formatting and uploaded media with the future tool, dubbed Twitter Notes, which can then be tweeted and shared with followers after publication.
Prior to a planned public introduction, the feature is reportedly being evaluated with a small group of users. If widely embraced, Twitter Notes may alter how certain users use the social media site to express their more in-depth ideas and opinions. Today, it’s usual for users to establish sequential Twitter threads to link a collection of tweets together for storytelling purposes or to discuss any topic that requires more characters than Twitter currently supports.
With the introduction of a new Twitter composer screen that made multi-tweet messages, or tweetstorms as they are often called, easier to design and publish, Twitter finally adopted threads in 2017 as a result of this user engagement. The company had claimed that at the time, hundreds of thousands of threads were uploaded per day. Since then, that number has most certainly increased.
Beyond threads, people have even posted screenshots of lengthy messages they had written in the Notes app on their smartphone in order to get past Twitter’s character limits. This is a rapid way to reach a huge audience, but Twitter doesn’t gain anything from it because the text in the screenshot can’t be searched for and the hashtags can’t be clicked like they would be if the content were posted directly to the site.
App researchers, including Jane Manchun Wong and others, had discovered the feature while testing earlier this year. According to academics, Notes was first referred to as “Twitter Article.” Wong pointed out that the story may also be expanded to a full-screen view while hiding Twitter’s sidebars in “Focus Mode.” She commented that the feature appeared to be fairly polished, which indicated that rollout would be imminent. The feature was demonstrated to support saving articles as draughts and an interface for browsing both draughts and published content in a related sequence of photos provided by app researcher Nima Owji in April.