Twitter was originally developed as a short messaging platform. However, over time, users could not be satisfied with having only 140 characters to express their thoughts and opinions, or shared information. Over time, as Twitter evolved, the maximum tweet length grew to 280 characters, which was an improvement but still severely limited users and prevented the platform from developing in other directions.
For several years, users have been asking for an increase in the number of characters of tweets, but they never received it. This has resulted in users who want to share longer thoughts or information being forced to post long threads, sometimes consisting of dozens of tweets that are hard to read. That is why some pieces of information often go unheard. Anyone who has posted long threads recognizes that the first tweet usually receives the most interactions, while their number often drops in follow-up tweets. It is worth noting that the ability to read long threads as solid text was possible, but only for users who had a paid subscription.
On Nov. 17, Elon Musk announced that Twitter is working to launch the ability to write long-form tweets, which will effectively eliminate the need for authors to spend time dividing a text into parts. Sometimes this creates difficulties since it is hard to form a complete thought, being limited to only 280 characters.
On Friday, Musk announced that long-form tweets were almost ready, which was great news. In another thread, he replied in the affirmative to the suggestion that features such as long-form tweets, edit button, and tweet view count should be part of the paid Twitter Blue subscription.
It’s almost ready— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 10, 2022
Musk has previously said that Twitter will encourage all users to upgrade to a paid subscription that will offer a number of different cool features. At the same time, accounts that refuse verification through payment will have access to the standard set of platform features. Ultimately, the purpose of a paid subscription is to make spam/bot accounts invisible to the general public, which means that those who create and promote them lose interest in platform manipulation. Even if they pay for a subscription, once they are caught engaging in activity that breaks Twitter rules, they will be removed from the platform, making their activities unprofitable for them.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.