Introducing CoTweets, Twitter’s New Feature for Co-authoring Tweets
Lately, Twitter has been swamped with Elon Musk’s (fluctuating) plans of buying the platform for a swooping $44Billion. However, the instability has not hindered the platform to keep introducing new features. Recently, the micro-blogging platform has begun testing a new feature that will allow users to co-author tweets. Let us find out more about this new feature.
CoTweet: The New Tweet Feature
This week, Twitter has started testing a new feature called ‘CoTweets’ with users of the social network. The new feature allows two accounts to co-author a tweet and both be tagged in a single tweet. As confirmed by Twitter, the new feature is now live for some users for a limited amount of time after the company started experimenting with the idea earlier in 2022.
In a statement given to The Verge, Twitter spokesperson Joseph J. Nuñez explained: “We’re continuing to explore new ways for people to collaborate on Twitter. We’re testing CoTweets for a limited time to learn how people and brands may use this feature to grow and reach new audiences, and strengthen their collaborations with other accounts.”
In a tweet from the Twitter Create account, the company further confirmed the feature is available for select accounts in the US, Canada, and Korea. This FAQ has more information on how it works and what it’s capable of.
All you need to know about CoTweets
Basically, a CoTweet is a co-authored Tweet that is posted simultaneously to authors’ profiles as well as their followers’ timelines. You can recognize one when you see two authors’ profile pictures and usernames in the same header. CoTweets will help authors share the spotlight, unlock opportunities for engaging new audiences and enhance their established partnerships.
Users who currently have access to CoTweets are seeing the feature appear in the tweet composer via a pop-up that invites them to ‘tweet together with CoTweets’. According to Twitter, you can invite another account to share ownership of a tweet with you. If they accept, a CoTweet will be created showing both of you as co-authors. If you select someone to share ownership of a tweet with you, they will receive a request that they can choose to either accept or decline. You can also send CoTweet invites to people that follow you and have public accounts. In addition, since only two authors can appear on a CoTweet’s header at once, you can only invite one co-author per CoTweet.
How do CoTweets work?
When two authors decide to collaborate or ‘CoTweet’, they will first have to finalize the content they would like to share. Once the messaging is ready, one author creates the CoTweet and invites another for co-authoring. When the co-author accepts the CoTweet invitation, the CoTweet immediately posts to each author’s profile and both of their followers’ timelines.
Twitter notes if you received and accepted a CoTweet invitation and later change your mind about wanting to be a co-author of that CoTweet, you can revoke the CoTweet once it’s published. The CoTweet will then become a regular tweet by the original author.
Following are a few steps on how you can draft a CoTweet:
- Open the Tweet composer
- Add the co-authored messaging and tap the CoTweet icon
- Select a co-author from your follower list and tap on ‘Send Invite’