Twitter Expanding to 10,000 Characters?!
The time may have finally come to bid farewell to the 140 character count of yester-year, Twitter appears to be expanding tweets out to 10,000 characters.
In case you weren’t sure just how much that is, here’s a couple of snarky tweets to catch you up:
Now, in fairness this increase in character limit hasn’t actually been confirmed. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to his account to send out a message that to some seemed to be a confirmation of the increase, despite just how vague it actually is.
In case you weren’t interested in reading the novel above, here’s the most important part of the non-confirmation, Dorsey states, “We didn’t start Twitter with a 140 character restriction. We added that early on to fit into a single SMS message. 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.”
He added later, “We’re not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people.”
Well, after taking a look at the reaction on the platform itself, it appears people want an edit button.
For clarification, it’s been rumored that extended tweets will be collapsed so that only the first 140 characters will appear on your timeline with users having to click more in order to read the whole tweet. So, for those of you imagining some apocalyptic scenario where Twitter is like reading the newspaper, rest easy. You won’t have to strain your eyes to read anything at all if you don’t want to. There are positive sides to the increase in character count.
In the end, social media is all about how users utilize the tools they’re given. If the change is even implemented it could reinvigorate growth for Twitter which has stayed at just over 300 million users.
Or everyone could hate it and quit the platform causing the death and destruction of amazing comedic Twitter accounts across the globe.
We won’t know until it arrives, so let’s just sit back, relax, and watch the tweetstorms talking about it roll in.