Twitter is lastly supplying you with editable tweets…however solely as part of its new check: Notes.
Notes are story-length posts on and off Twitter that may be far longer than 280 characters, and embrace photos, GIFs, embedded Tweets, and movies. They’ll additionally – sure, lastly – be edited earlier than and after publish.
Twitter launched the brand new function on Wednesday in, naturally, its own Note (opens in new tab).
To be clear, Notes aren’t precisely Tweets. They stay throughout the Twitter timeline area, however the prolonged posts at the moment lack various core Twitter options, together with Likes, Retweets, and Replies.
Plus, your Notes assortment might be saved in a separate Notes tab in your Twitter profile.
Within the put up, Twitter explains the rationale for introducing Notes:
“For the reason that firm’s earliest days, writers have relied on Twitter to share their work, get seen, be learn, create dialog — every thing however the precise writing. With Notes, the purpose is to fill in that lacking piece and assist writers discover no matter sort of success they want.”
Since 2015, this has been the house of @revue. Beginning in the present day, @revue is now part of @TwitterWrite. pic.twitter.com/BanKBm1726June 22, 2022
In some methods, that is much less about embiggening Tweets and extra about Twitter absolutely ingesting Revue, the publication platform it acquired in 2021 (opens in new tab).
The truth is, Twitter modified the Revue Twitter deal with to @TwitterWrite to raised align it with the embedded Notes.
If any of this appears acquainted, the entire effort may seem a bit, effectively, SubStack-like. That, too, might be intentional. Substack is a content material platform that blurs the road between newsletters and on-line publishers. It is constructing an enormous assortment of bespoke media manufacturers.
Twitter has way more voices on its platform, however, till now, all had been constrained to both 280-character Tweets or large Threads, which Twitter, by the way in which, will not be abandoning. They might use Twitter’s longer-form Revue publication platform, however Revue will not be essentially as well-known as SubStack. With Notes, Twitter can convey the massive content material stage to its hottest area.
The truth that there’ll now be one thing on Twitter the place you may put up (or publish) after which edit is an enormous deal. We all know Twitter is engaged on one of the best methods to permit for editable Tweets. Maybe Notes permits them to check out some concepts.
It is not prefer it’ll be a broad-based check. For the subsequent two months, Notes is simply obtainable to a small assortment of writers from the U.S., Canada, the U.Ok., and Ghana. Twitter didn’t establish any of these writers. Personally, I hope it contains energetic Tweeter and horror grasp Stephen King (opens in new tab).
As of this writing, potential Twitter proprietor Elon Musk has but to touch upon the supply of Notes.