Twitter has discontinued ‘CoTweets,’ which it has been testing on its platform. It is a tool for collaborative tweeting on Twitter that was introduced for testing for a limited number of users last year. The feature was only accessible to users in the US, Korea, and Canada. CoTweet was a feature that Twitter was experimenting with to give two authors a chance to share the limelight, highlight their contributions, and interact with more people.
CoTweets has already been disabled by Twitter before a stable release. The microblogging platform began testing this capability in July 2022. According to Twitter, the CoTweets functionality will be discontinued, and current CoTweets will remain viewable for an additional month before being converted to Retweets.
The company said, “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. CoTweets will no longer be available to create starting Tuesday, 1/31. Already existing CoTweets will be viewable for one more month at which point they will revert to Retweets. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 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!”
Unknown to many, a co-authored Tweet (coTweet) is one that is simultaneously posted to both authors’ profiles and their followers’ timelines. A CoTweet can be identified by the usernames and profile images of two authors in the header. CoTweets enable authors to share the limelight, open doors for interacting with new audiences and strengthen their existing relationships. A CoTweet features two authors who share an audience and ownership, as opposed to a Tweet’s single author. After a CoTweet invite is sent, CoTweet content cannot be changed or amended.
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