Twitter May Be Upping Character Limit From 140 to 10,000

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Twitter May Be Upping Character Limit From 140 to 10,000

According to a report in Recode, multiple sources who know of Twitter’s plans have provided information saying that longer tweets are coming to Twitter by the end of Q1 2016.

Get ready to see tweets as long as 10,000 characters, sources say, as Twitter is planning to adopt the same character limit currently in place for direct messages.

Between now and when the character limit is officially increased, we may see the character limit fluctuate somewhere from 140 and “beyond 140” characters.

If the way it’s being described is accurate, the additional characters should add no additional clutter to your timeline. Up to 140 characters of a tweet will be displayed in the timeline, like usual. If tweet exceeds 140 characters there will be a call to action to read more.

In addition, sources say the company is already thinking about ways to combat the spamming issues that are likely to come about as a result of longer tweets. Measures may be taken to limit the amount of other users that can be mentioned in tweets, for example.

Public Reception So Far…

It is in Twitter’s best interest to make this change blend in with the experience we’ve all become used to — but even with that being the case the reception has been nothing but negative.

Doing a simple Twitter search for “twitter limit” will give you a glimpse into what the consensus is on the subject thus far. Here are just a few of my favorites I pulled at random:

I tried to collect some opinions from what looked to be ordinary, ever day Twitter users. Attracting new users needs to be one of the company’s top priorities after reporting disappointing user growth at its last earnings call.

If the average user is starting to draw comparisons between Twitter and Facebook, what is unique enough about the social network to draw in new users?

Since its inception, Twitter was defined by its 140 character limit. If nothing else — it shows that the company, under CEO Jack Dorsey’s lead, is willing try just about anything to jumpstart user growth.

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  • Tyson Stevens

    Is this just manipulation by Twitter to create buzz for Twitter? Or is it looking to be bought with stipulations? – photos, then videos, now this.

    My friend Dan C. said it best:

    “And if that happens, you can expect the algorithm strings to tighten considerably too…Hello paid reach!!”

  • Roger Rogerson

    Then people won’t be posting tweets, they will be posting bird-songs (if not full blown bird-symphonies).

    I can see why Twitter want to expand – the defining characteristic is also hjighly restrictive compared to most other SM platforms.
    But instead of disrupting (and potentially destroying) their existing user-base and offering … they should produce a second branch with the additional features.
    If people want them, they can use the second branch (click a tab, opt-in, what-ever).
    Not exactly rocket science, is it!
    (better is that once people are used to the additionals, they will want them mainstream … enough time, enough support, they can migrate :D)

    So … who’s going to come up with the new name for the huge tweets?
    My offerings are;
    Caw (or CaCaw?)
    Cacaphony (as lets face it, it’s going to be a huge amount of trash and spam … noise!)

  • Larry Madill

    I don’t see anyone using this besides the trolls and abusers that have already become such an issue for Twitter, which in turn will only drive away users.

  • Woo Expert

    In my opinion best decision but it should be restricted 500 Max. I will suggest Twitter should start story submission option like LinkedIn.

  • Lucas Rose

    Should focus more on spam and inactive accounts.

  • Barrie Smith

    Is this an early April Fools?!? This would kill Twitter’s popularity…