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"Twitter Articles" Allows Users To Share Longer Messages

Twitter has long been recognized for its 140-character tweet restriction, which was increased to 280 in 2017. With a new tool named "Twitter Articles," the platform appears to be experimenting with new options that allow users to post longer messages.

App researcher Jane Wong was the first to notice the option, pointing to a secret menu on the site that is focused on the new Articles feature. Though there are no specifics on how Twitter Articles will function, it is assumed that users will be able to create whole articles on the social media platform without being limited to the 280-character limit. Users would be able to "Create a Twitter Article," according to an image posted by Wong, implying that the capability will not be limited to certain types of accounts.

In 2020, the social media platform unveiled a new way to share tweets called "continuous threads," which allows users to tie many tweets to a single conversation. Even for threads, the 280-character restriction per tweet applies. A Twitter spokesperson told CNET that further information about Twitter Articles will be released soon.

Should Twitter truly allow users to publish longer texts on the social media site, it might be viewed as an attempt to contend with other blogging platforms. It's unknown if the platform will somehow have the articles monetized, but this feature will likely be restricted to only Super Followers or Twitter Blue members. One thing is certain, with over 200 million users, Twitter has a strong case for establishing an article publishing platform.

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