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Twitter Might Allow You to Post Long-Form Articles in the Future / The World of Digital Information

Twitter started out as a platform that only allowed you to post 140-character tweets, which led to a whole new form of communication becoming mainstream. Twitter became a place of brevity and that also inspired a lot of creativity, but eventually that character limit became more of a limitation than a benefit, so Twitter doubled it down and allowed users to start posting tweets that can contain up to 280 characters.

One of the reasons Twitter is so willing to change this character limit is that it was first put in place because of the 160 character limit that was put in place for text messages. With that no longer a factor, Twitter began experimenting with longer tweet lengths, and former CEO Jack Dorsey announced in 2016 that Twitter would begin looking at a lot more ways to facilitate slightly more detailed conversations about its platform in the future.

Rolling out Twitter Threads was another way for Twitter to increase the amount of content you could post and stay connected, but the latest potential update that many have started noticing could end up taking things to a whole different level. A reverse engineering test conducted by Jane Manchun Wong revealed a potential new section in the Twitter sidebar called Articles, and the only logical reason for this section to exist is to make it easier to write long-form content on the platform.

This is probably going to be something that Twitter users will really appreciate, and it will transform the platform from a microblogging site into a full-fledged blogging site. Most writers are on Twitter right now, and they’ll probably be happy to use a feature that lets them share their long-form content on the site itself rather than having to link to third-party sites. One thing to note is that this feature will likely only be available to Twitter Blue subscribers with a paid subscription, although it may also roll out to regular users in the future.

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