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Twitter explores possibility of 10,000-character Tweet limit

January 14, 2016
Behlul M
Social Media

Whether it is papal visits, politics or celeb gossip, one of the best ways to express our opinion is through a Tweet. Twitter’s growth may be falling but it cannot be denied it’s strong hold over the current zeitgeist thanks to its immediacy in news reporting and the loyalty of expression by its existing user base. Though a lot of users aren’t fans of the 140-character limit, there’s been many a debate within Twitter’s wall whether Twitter’s essence lies in its brevity or needs an expansion to grow beyond a “micro-blogging” platform.

As the new year chimed in, it was reported that Twitter is looking into a brand new feature that will allows user to tweet as long as 10,000 characters. You read that right. The change might be implemented as soon as the end of the first quarter of 2016. A RE/Code report mentioned, “Tweets will appear as 140 characters as they do now and users would be able to read the expanded content by clicking on Tweets. Users would be given the option to write beyond 140 characters but would be warned that users would not see the rest of the Tweet unless they expanded it.”

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter Inc., commented, “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. Instead, what if that text…was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.”

“I’ve challenged our teams to look beyond assumptions about what makes Twitter the best play to share what’s happening. I’m confident our ideas will result in the service that’s far easier to understand and much more powerful,” Dorsey said during the company’s third-quarter conference call.

Here is what, Jack revealed…

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