Editable tweets are now available on Twitter, but only as part of a new test called Notes.
In addition to text, photos, GIFs, embedded Tweets, and videos may all be included in Notes, which can be shared both on and off of Twitter. They may also be revised both before and after publication, which is a welcome development.
On Wednesday, Twitter rolled out the new capability in its own Notes app.
The Notes app isn’t quite the same as Twitter, so let us be clear about that. In the Twitter timeline, although they lack a number of essential Twitter capabilities, such as Likes and Retweets, as well as the ability to respond to other users.
In addition, you’ll be able to access your Notes collection through a separate tab on your Twitter profile.
It is explained in the blog post from Twitter that the Notes feature was introduced:
“Since the company’s earliest days, writers have depended on Twitter to share their work, get noticed, be read, create conversation — everything but the actual writing. With Notes, the goal is to fill in that missing piece and help writers find whatever type of success they desire.”
Since 2015, this has been the home of @revue. Starting today, @revue is now a part of @TwitterWrite. pic.twitter.com/BanKBm1726June 22, 2022
This may be less about enhancing Tweets and more about Twitter completely integrating Revue, the newsletter platform it purchased in 2021, into its product.
Revue’s @TwitterWrite Twitter address has been modified to better match the embedded Notes on Twitter.
Any familiarity with SubStack might lead to a sense of deja vu. That’s most likely on purpose, as is everything else. With Substack, newsletters and online publishers may coexist on the same platform. It’s assembling a massive portfolio of custom media properties.
More people are using Twitter than ever before, but they’ve all been limited to 280-character Tweets or enormous Threads, which Twitter will not be abandoning anytime soon. Instead of SubStack, they may utilise Twitter’s longer-form Revue newsletter tool. With Notes, Twitter is able to bring the huge stage to its most popular platform.
It’s a major deal that you’ll be able to post (or publish) on Twitter and then change it. We’re aware that Twitter is exploring options for editing Tweets. Perhaps they can try out some ideas in Notes.
It’s not like it’s going to be a wide-ranging examination. As of now, Notes is only accessible to a select group of authors from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Twitter was unable to identify any of the authors. Personally, I hope that Stephen King, the active Twitter user, is included (opens in new tab).
Elon Musk, the probable owner of Twitter, has not yet commented on the availability of Notes, as of this writing.
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