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Twitter is investigating two accounts co-authored a tweet

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Twitter has confirmed that it is “exploring” a new feature that will allow two accounts to write a single tweet together, TechCrunch reports† App researcher Alessandro Paluzzi has posted evidence on the feature’s development since at least Decemberbut more recently discovered what appears to be a official Twitter dialog about how these tweet collaborations might work.

A co-author position would not be a problem for Twitter, as competitor Instagram has been offering something similar since 2021. There are plenty of reasons why two accounts might want to associate their name with one post, ranging from brand partnerships, influencer campaigns, or even just sharing credit for a funny post.

According to the screenshots posted by Paluzzi, you can only invite public accounts that follow you to write a tweet together, and they will have to accept your invitation. Hopefully there is some mechanism in place to prevent popular accounts from being repeatedly hit with requests to co-author spam tweets. Once published, joint tweets will be shared with followers of both accounts, and both avatars is displayed at the top left of the message.

There’s no word on when Twitter would roll out collaborative tweets, or if it will even get out of the development phase. But since at least one of Twitter’s competitors already offers such a feature, it seems likely that Twitter will want to follow suit.

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