Elon Musk teases “Articles” feature allowing long-form publishing

Jul 18, 2023, 5:52 PM UTC
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Elon Musk teases "Articles" feature allowing long-form publishing
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Elon Musk announced that Twitter is working on a new feature that will enable users to publish articles directly on the platform. This upcoming tool, tentatively named “Articles,” will allow Twitter users to craft lengthy and sophisticated pieces, complete with mixed media elements. Musk went so far as to suggest that this feature could pave the way for users to publish entire books. Imagine having the power to share your thoughts, ideas, and stories in a way that transcends the confines of a mere tweet – the possibilities are limitless.

With this upcoming feature, the scope of expression on Twitter is set to soar, charting new territories beyond its origins as a platform confined to brief bursts of information. For context, Twitter Blue subscribers already enjoy the privilege of composing tweets with a generous character limit of 10,000 characters, dwarfing the conventional 280-character restriction imposed on non-Blue users. Once Articles hits the stage, even more, extensive compositions will be at your fingertips.

As Twitter embarks on this daring venture, it becomes evident that the company is making a calculated move to engage creators actively. And this is where the genius of Musk’s strategy shines. By rewarding Twitter Blue subscribers with a share of ad revenue, the platform entices content creators to remain loyal, curbing the temptation to explore alternatives like Meta’s Threads or Substack.

Speaking of Substack, one can’t help but recall its endeavor to introduce a Twitter-like feature called “Notes” – an experiment that took on a life of its own. It’s interesting to observe how the concept of enhancing communication on these platforms has become a focal point for competition and innovation. Now, with Twitter’s upcoming Articles feature, the stage is set for a fascinating showdown.

As for the release date of Articles, Elon Musk remains tight-lipped, leaving us to wonder when this monumental shift in Twitter’s identity will occur.

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