10,000 character limit for Twitter?

6 January 2016

Twitter-Logo1 There's a lot of talk about Twitter ditching their famous 140 character limit, which of course, would make Twitter the same as every other social media service. That means a lot of people are tutting about the whole thing, worried that the service will go from short, snappy posts, to people boring on for paragraphs at a time.

In a reports, it says that people will be able to have 10,000 at their disposal, including in their Direct Messages feature. Apparently, the product provisionally named 'Beyond 140' will arrive toward the end of 'Q1'.

The Re/Code report says: "Twitter is currently testing a version of the product in which tweets appear the same way they do now, displaying just 140 characters, with some kind of call to action that there is more content you can’t see. Clicking on the tweets would then expand them to reveal more content."

So basically, posts could have a 'read more' function.

Responding to criticism, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey showed why he'd like a larger character limit, writing a bunch of words and sharing it as an image.

Here it is.

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Sounds like Twitter want to have a thing where you can embed entire articles, which effectively open things up in Twitter without having to leave the site. You'll have seen a similar thing with Facebook.

Articles that pre-load within the app means that Twitter can retain users and get them spending more time on their site.

Of course, Twitter has been losing ground to Facebook and Instagram, because they haven't made as many changes, and as such, haven't seen the desired revenues. Could this be just the thing to lure new users into the fold? In the third quarter, Twitter reported a loss of $132 million, so they need to do something.

TOPICS:   Social Media

4 comments

  • Fagin
    This will be ok as long as the core of twitter remains the same, 140 characters. If it comes close to becoming "facebook wanker" then they'll have lost their mojo & may as well naff off with all the money.
  • Father J.
    Twitter is largely populated by self-obsessed, uninteresting wankers so, really, who cares?
  • Meh
    I don't suppose most of the people I follow could write 10,000 words. Most struggle with 140.
  • Fagin
    Hey father jack they're called "facebook wankers" twitterites have to make far more sense dur to character limitation compared to the wank-fest of as many words slagging off something / someone with shit "grammaaaah" on facebook the over the garden fence gossip fest for bingo-wing wifey's & their brood.

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