The microblogging site, Twitter, has announced on Tuesday that the platform would be stopping its CoTweeting feature after seven months of trials.
A CoTweet feature allows two users to co-author a tweet, which is then sent to both the author’s profile and the timelines of their followers. CoTweets allow authors to share the spotlight, open up new chances for engaging new audiences, and strengthen existing connections.
It is extremely simple to use because only one author is required to create the CoTweet and invite the co-author. When a CoTweet is accepted, it is immediately uploaded to each author’s profile and cannot be altered after publication.
The function cannot be shared in your Twitter inner groups, such as Twitter Circles and Communities. Only people who follow you and have a public account can receive it. In some regions, the feature was also available to Twitter Blue subscribers.
The function was initially designed to help users grow their user bases, reach new audiences, and deepen their relationships with other accounts—a creative way for users to collaborate on the microblogging platform.
However, it seemed like the feature was stopped on Twitter with immediate effect, as the function was no longer available on Tuesday, and current CoTweets will only be available and viewable for another month before being converted to retweets.
“For the last several months, we’ve been testing a new way to tweet together using CoTweets. We’re sad to say that the current experiment is coming to an end.” Twitter’s CoTweets support page said on the recent development.
“We appreciate the feedback we’ve been given about CoTweets and we’re still looking for ways to implement this feature moving forward. We thank you for trying CoTweets, and we’ve enjoyed watching all of your creativity with this feature come to life!”, the page added.
However, according to a tweet from Elon Musk’s handle, he said Twitter stopped the feature to “focus on enabling writers to add essays as attachments to tweets.” This is a feature that the platform plans to launch next week. This feature would provide direct platform publishing and payment to creators.
However, this is not a shock, as this is not the first time Elon Musk has made changes since he took ownership of the bird app. He has gone to cut down the workforce, sacked C-Suites members, and stopped other features like ad-free articles, Twitter Tiles, and Twitter Notes.
Twitter was planning to introduce a long text format called Twitter Notes before Elon Musk took over, allowing users to write articles with complex formatting and uploaded material.
Elon Musk planned to offer a function that would allow users to attach long-form content to tweets in November 2022, putting an end to the ridiculousness of notepad snapshots. He implied in his tweet that it will be comparable to Twitter Notes.
Also, there might be a possibility of long-form articles on the platform going by the disclosure made by a Twitter designer in December 2022 that Twitter is intending to increase the character limit for messages, which will support long-form articles on the platform.