After preferring not to comment on a related leak, Twitter has officially revealed that it is testing out a way to post significantly longer tweets. The official teaser for the Twitter Notes feature showed something that looked more like an interface for writing blog posts or articles rather than simple 240-character tweets. Coincidentally, the earlier leaked version of this feature was called Twitter Article rather than Notes.
Twitter Notes solves many long-standing problems with tweetstorms and third-party apps or bots. You no longer get multiple notifications from someone you follow, and you don’t have to go out of the network to view a lengthy post. It also makes replying and communicating easier because there’d be only one tweet to reply to instead of multiple ones in a series.
At the same time, it raises the question of whether this removes Twitter’s particular appeal and unique value. Not all users will be posting lengthy tirades or ramblings, of course, but other social networks have always allowed users to write short posts as well as long ones without having to decide between the two. Either way, Twitter Notes will most likely make Twitter users happy and could give those on other networks more reasons to ditch their old homes and jump to Twitter’s less restricted — but also more chaotic — world.