Twitter may soon allow 10,000-Character Limit for Tweets
Ever wished you had more than 140 characters when tweeting?
Well that wish may come true very soon.
Technology and social media news entity Recod.net yesterday broke news that sources familiar with the company's plans have said "Twitter is currently considering a 10,000-character limit for tweets" The same limit currently allowed for Direct Messaging on Twitter.
Soon after that report Twitter experienced a "tweeting firestorm" as comments about the proposed tweet limit poured in.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey then released a statement on Twitter which hinted that the platform is indeed looking to move the tweet limit beyond 140 characters, stating that the new move is about giving people utility and power.
"We've spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of texts and tweeting them. Instead, what if that text...was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That's more utility and power," the statement said.
But many users are of feel that Twitter is trying to compete with arch rivals Facebook (which allows extended posts) and are making a mockery of the proposed tweet limit:
"If You Feel The Need To Tweet More Than 140 Characters Why Not Just Start A Blog"
"The one good thing about a 10,000 character limit on Twitter is people would actually have the space to use proper grammar."
"Honestly if you need to use more than 140 characters in a tweet then you belong to Facebook. Hating this #Twitter10k thing. Please don't."
"If it wasn't for the 140 character limit, I'd be on Chapter 27 of my first tweet right now."
"I'd rather have an "edit tweet" button option instead of #Twitter10k. If I wanted Facebook, I would've stayed on Facebook."
Reports are that the proposed tweet limit may not affect the way tweets are displayed on Twitter as users may have the option to expand tweets if they are longer than 140 characters.
Recode.net also reported that "there is no official launch date set in stone... It’s also possible the character limit could fluctuate before it rolls out the final product."
If the new tweet limit is approved, this would be the second big change implemented by Twitter in two months.
The hashtag #Twitter10k is currently trending worldwide on Twitter