Microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, is working on a feature called “Collaborations” that will allow numerous users to co-author a tweet.
The feature hasn’t been made public yet, and it only functions once one person accepts another’s request to collaborate. It also appears to allude to a likely intention to allow creators to work with businesses on brand ad partnerships, something that rival social networks like YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, and others currently do.
Alessandro Paluzzi, a mobile developer, first discovered Twitter’s “Collaborations” feature in the app’s code in December 2021, when he disclosed references he uncovered that showed Twitter was working on a mechanism for two individuals to become co-authors on a single tweet.
Paluzzi discovered a collaborations option had been added to the tweet composer page earlier this year, and he observed how the co-authors’ profile photos would appear in the Twitter Timeline when their tweeted-out “Collab” showed up – one overlaid on top of the other.
The thread is available below.
Paluzzi discovered more proof of the feature’s development when he shared a screenshot of how Twitter Collaborations would work.
Users would first ask a person or brand to “co-own” a tweet with them and then wait for them to accept the request, according to Twitter. To put it another way, you can’t force someone to collaborate – it isn’t just a method to tag someone in a tweet, after all. Twitter shows in the introduction page that when the other user accepts the request, both accounts are shown as co-authors on the tweet.
Twitter is yet to share details on the feature.