Twitter is planning to make expansion to a tweet’s 140-character moving it further to 10,000. The 140-character happens to be one of the prized features of Twitter, and it could change.
Twitter’s outspoken and dedicated user base vehemently lambasted the prospective change — with the expectations that it could be announced by March ending— would contaminate the brevity as much as the speed of the real-time service. The character limit that coercively prompts users to write quick short tweets now stand to be replaced by lengthier essays found on Facebook , for instance. It has the strength to mould Twitter into more of a public blogging platform which is quite different from one that is quite direct and well appropriate to quips as well as breaking news headlines.
In a tweet on Tuesday following the disclosure of the news, co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted a screenshot of text — 1,317 characters with spaces — giving explanation to his perception as regards the expansion. “We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it,” Mr. Dorsey wrote. “Instead, what if that text…was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.” Even in face of the change, Mr. Dorsey aired his assertion that Twitter will “never lose that feeling” of speed, creativity and brevity.
Despite the loud cries of the change will make alterations to the general culture of Twitter, though it is true that users have been rattling for a longer character limit for some time. Very dedicated users often create so-called tweetstorms where they add together a collection of tweets together by replying to them in numerical succession.
Users have managed to maneuver through the character restriction via means of attaching screenshots of longer text to their tweets.
Back in July, Twitter expanded the 140-character limit on private messages to 10,000.
The debate to make increment to the character limit has been raging on since as early as September.