Twitter announced that it is releasing 4,000 character Tweets to Twitter Blue subscribers. The announcement was posted on the @TwitterBlue account, and was written with no capitalization other than the words Tweets, Tweeting, Twitter, and “Show more”.
This long thread was posted all at once, in one piece, possibly to attract attention. Somewhere in the long thread it says “… but don’t worry, Twitter is still Twitter. we know longer Tweets could mean a lot of scrolling, so they’ll be capped at 280 characters on your timeline and you’ll see a “Show more” prompt to click and read the whole Tweet.”
The Tweets posted in response to the announcement range from excitement, to a strong “do not want”. Some have tweeted that they want to use this feature to write novels on Twitter, which I personally think is a terrible idea. Don’t give your novel to Twitter! If you must do that, please take the time to post your novel on a space you control, like a blog, before posting it in pieces on Twitter!
Gizmodo posted what I believe is the best response to Twitter’s announcement: “Thanks I Hate It: Twitter Starts Testing Out 4,000 Character Tweets”.
Gizmodo wrote: If you’ve ever been scrolling through Twitter and thought to yourself, ‘I wish all of these posts were SO MUCH longer,” then today is your lucky day. If, however, you are a reasonably well-adjusted internet-user, I unfortunately come bearing bad news. Twitter appears to be officially experimenting with 4,000 character tweets.
Worse still: The ability to clog up feeds with 500+ word posts seems to be currently limited to a test group of paying Twitter Blue subscribers.
The Verge wrote that Twitter has launched a longer tweet feature, giving Blue subscribers in the US the ability to post up to 4,000 characters at once. If someone you follow uses the feature, the tweet in your timeline will have a “show more” button to keep it from taking up your entire screen.
According to The Verge, there are a few limitations to the feature (besides the big one that it’s behind a paywall). If your tweet is over the standard 280 characters, you can’t save it as a draft or schedule it for later. However, most other normal features should work as usual – you can add hashtags or pictures, and non-Blue subscribers will still be able to interact with the posts as normal.
The Verge also reported that there are signs that the feature was rolled out relatively quickly – a Verge staffer who tried it out found that the app kicks you over to a new web view after you write over 280 characters.
Engadget reported that the 4,000 character Tweets feature probably won’t prompt you to switch from social networks like Facebook or Mastodon, where long posts have been available for a while. However, it could be helpful if you’d like to share the same post across multiple social platforms without having to split it up or write a condensed version.