Twitter is working on a new ‘Articles’ feature that would let you post longer tweets, leak claims
Say goodbye to the 280 character limit! Twitter is working on a new ‘Articles’ feature that would let you post much longer tweets, leak claims
- Twitter users are currently limited to 280 character tweets
- Respected leaker Jane Manchun Wong posted a screenshot of the feature
- This suggests that Twitter Articles could have their own dedicated section in the app.
From quick reactions to hilarious memes, Twitter is best known for its short and sweet content.
Users are currently limited to 280-character tweets, and while that’s usually enough for most people, a new report suggests those hoping to post longer tweets may soon be in luck.
Respected leaker Jane Manchun Wong says Twitter is working on a new feature called Twitter Articles, allowing users to post longer posts.
Twitter users are currently limited to 280-character tweets, and while that’s usually enough for most people, a new report suggests those hoping to post longer tweets may soon be in luck.
Ms. Wong published a screenshot of what Twitter posts are likely to look like on Twitter this week.
“Twitter is working on ‘Twitter Posts’ and the ability to create one in Twitter,” she wrote. ‘Possibility of a new long format on Twitter.’
Although the screenshot doesn’t give much detail, it does indicate that Twitter Articles might have their own dedicated section in the Twitter app.
In a follow-up tweet, Ms Wong suggested a range of potential uses for Twitter posts.
Ms Wong posted a screenshot of what Twitter posts might look like on Twitter this week
“There will be a lot of potentials with the Twitter article,” she added.
“Off the top of my head: exclusive articles, newsletter + in-app UX + platform conversation, syndicated articles (by news sites) + newsreader subscription model.”
A Twitter spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We are always looking for new ways to help people start and engage in conversations on Twitter. We will soon share more information about our work here.
When Twitter first launched in 2006, tweets were limited to 140 characters, which was quite restrictive.
But in 2018, Twitter doubled that limit to 280 characters to make it easier for users to “express themselves.”
However, initial data from Twitter when the character limit was lifted suggests that most Twitter users are still posting short tweets.
In a 2018 blog post, following a trial of the 280-character limit, Aliza Rosen, product manager at Twitter, explained: Tweets of 280 characters and people with the new limit would still use all the space. But that didn’t happen.
“Only 5% of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters and only 2% were longer than 190 characters.
“As a result, your timeline reading experience shouldn’t change substantially, you’ll still see roughly the same number of Tweets in your timeline.”
WHO HAS BANNED TWITTER IN THE PAST?
Twitter announced in November 2017 that it would begin banning accounts affiliated with “hate groups”.
In March, former English Defense League leader Tommy Robinson was banned for breaking hate speech rules.
The news follows years of criticism from users that the site allowed neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other extremist groups to spread abusive messages.
Twitter suspended the accounts of several leaders of far-right group Britain First in December 2017 for breaking its rules on hate speech.
In March 2018, former English Defense League leader Tommy Robinson was banned for breaking ‘hateful conduct’ rules.
The site announced that it would soon take tougher action to crack down on online trolls in May.
Despite sweeping bans, the site has been criticized for not doing enough to purge itself of abusive users.
In July 2018, actor Seth Rogan lambasted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for continuing to verify accounts of white supremacists.
He tweeted: ‘I’ve been DMing with @Jack about his weird need to check out white supremacists on his platform for the last 8 months or so, and after all the back and forth I’ve come to one conclusion: the dude just doesn’t seem to give f**k. ‘