Twitter Offers No Explanation as It Puts an End to CoTweets

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How many times do we have to see Twitter remove features before it finally decides what it wants to be?
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I hope you had a chance to test out Twitter’s CoTweet feature, as on Tuesday the company suddenly shut down the ability for Twitter users to co-compose tweets.

You won’t find this news on any of Twitter’s main pages or accounts. The only way you would know Twitter was getting rid of the feature was if you were browsing randomly Twitter help page On Monday. The company wrote that it’s “sad to say the current experiment is coming to an end,” as it went under the very simple feature that allowed two people to appreciate a hot take. And it’s not like users had a chance to post one last CoTweet before the company retired the feature. The feature is no longer available as of January 31st.

Additionally, all current cotweets last a month before turning into simple retweets. It’s unclear how that will work, and the company appeared to admit it could cause problems, as a precautionary apology for “any inconvenience caused”.

Twitter launched CoTweets last year Some users promised it was “for a limited time” to see what types of people or brands benefit. Those with the CoTweet ability allowed anyone who follows their account to sign in as another author. The tweet would appear on followers’ profiles as well as their timelines.

The question still remains as to why the company would want to get rid of the CoTweet feature when it’s still in its infancy. We reached out to Twitter’s PR department, although that’s still hopeless as Twitter owner Elon Musk has decimated his PR team. Gizmodo also tweeted to Musk himself for a response, though the company’s de facto mouthpiece is yet to respond.

Musk instead tweeted Tuesday that the improved community notes feature will be “transformative” for accountability and accuracy on Twitter. Ironically, the Community Notes feature has been renamed from bird watchinghas has questioned some of Musk’s own tweetsby flagging them for misleading readers and for spreading misinformation.

As first noted by meshable, Twitter launched certain features only to give them the ax just a year later. The company added a feature similar to Instagram Stories called “Fleets” that makes it possible user to Post things that would disappear in 24 hours. Although in the case of fleets, users encountered certain bugs that made it possible for people View and download temporary posts even after they have been deleted.

Musk has scrapped other upcoming features, including a planned crypto wallet. The billionaire Twitter owner also shut down Revue, the newsletter company he originally bought in 2021. However, Twitter has finally implemented a much-requested edit button, but only if you’re up for it Pay for twitter blue. Twitter Offers No Explanation as It Puts an End to CoTweets

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