Twitter has just revealed that its premium subscribers on Twitter Blue can now tweet up to 10,000 characters and use bold and italic fonts in their posts. This comes after Twitter Blue increased its character limit from 280 to 4,000 in February, and it seems to be a move to rival newsletter services like Substack and Mastadon.
Twitter Blue was launched back in January. users can pay annually for the Blue Tick, with a yearly subscription costing $84 per year. This means a saving of $48 instead of paying the $8 monthly fee ($11 on Apple devices).
According to Twitter, the blue checkmark can signal two things: either that an account was verified under the previous verification criteria (active and authentic), or that the account has an active subscription to Twitter Blue.
We're making improvements to the writing and reading experience on Twitter! Starting today, Twitter now supports Tweets up to 10,000 characters in length, with bold and italic text formatting.
Sign up for Twitter Blue to access these new features, and apply to enable…
— Twitter Write (@TwitterWrite) April 14, 2023
Twitter Blue features include:
- Edit Tweet: Users can modify their tweets and quote tweets within 30 minutes of posting them. They can use this feature to correct errors, add mentions, or change the order of their media attachments.
- Bookmark Folders: Users can save tweets they want to revisit later in private folders. They can create as many folders as they want and sort their bookmarks by topic, date, or any other criteria.
- Custom App Icons: Users can personalize their Twitter app icon on their phone by choosing from different colors and designs.
- NFT Profile Pictures: Users can display their NFTs in a unique hexagon-shaped profile picture on their Twitter account.
Twitter's Long-Form Experimentation Reaches Maturity
Back in 2017 Twitter increased the character limit of Tweets from 140 to 280. When Elon Musk acquired the company for $49bn last year, one of the first major features was Twitter Notes, which brought essay-like note-taking to the platform.
Twitter Notes allow users to write long-form content such as articles, essays, reviews, or just nonsense (most likely this). Once the note is published, it can then be tweeted and shared as a link. Readers can click the link to expand the content into a single note.
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