Twitter announced Tuesday that it’s discontinuing CoTweeting, a characteristic that permit two customers co-author a tweet. The corporate mentioned that the characteristic will instantly stop to exist. Customers will be capable to view the set of co-tweets for a month. After that, they are going to be routinely transformed to retweets on the co-author’s profile.
“For the final a number of months we’ve been testing a brand new approach to Tweet collectively utilizing CoTweets. We’re unhappy to say that the present experiment is coming to an finish,” the corporate mentioned on the support page for CoTweets.
Twitter started testing CoTweets last July saying it needed to learn the way individuals use this characteristic to “strengthen their collaborations with different accounts.”
There would possibly nonetheless be some hope for the characteristic to return again in one other type. “We’re nonetheless in search of methods to implement this characteristic transferring ahead,” Twitter mentioned.
Whereas Twitter’s official reasoning behind shutting this characteristic down was generic, in a tweet Elon Musk said that the social community took the step “to deal with enabling writers so as to add essays as attachments to tweets.” It’s not instantly clear why it was a hindrance to writing.
Musk additionally added that subsequent week, the social community is launching a beta model of its new Superfollows program, which is able to supposedly assist creators publish straight on the platform and receives a commission for it.
Earlier than Musk’s tenure at Twitter, the corporate had launched a long-form writing program referred to as Twitter Notes. However it was instantly axed beneath the brand new administration. Over the previous few months, Musk has hinted about introducing long text attachments.
In December, Twitter designer Andrea Conway additionally posted some ideas to point how lengthy textual content would possibly appear like on the platform.
In January, app researcher Alessandro Paluzzi posted a video exhibiting that Twitter would possibly curtail lengthy posts at 280 characters with a “present extra…” button on the finish. If customers click on on it, the publish will develop to point out the total textual content. Nevertheless, there isn’t a affirmation that Twitter will stick with this implementation.
Total, CoTweet’s demise will not be fully stunning. Musk & co. have slashed initiatives and options like ad-free articles, Twitter Notes, Twitter Toolbox for developers, Twitter Tiles (a new version of Twitter media cards), and very recently third-party Twitter clients.
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