Report: Twitter looks at lifting 140-character limit

Twitter’s signature 140-character limit could become a thing of the past.

The San Francisco tech firm is working on a new product that would allow people on the microblogging site to share tweets longer than 140 characters, reports tech blog Recode, who cited multiple people familiar with the company’s plans.

That doesn’t necessarily mean though that Twitter users will stop seeing their tweets go into the red after they hit 140 characters. The company, for example, currently allows people to copy a link to a tweet or attach screenshots of text making it possible to work around the site’s 140-character rule.

The Information, another news outlet, reported that the effort is being dubbed the “blue sky project,” and aims to makes it easier to tweet “through longer-form publishing tools, more than changing how people consume tweets.”

One product in the works caters to people who like to send a rapid series of tweets known as a “tweetstorm,” The Information reported, citing anonymous sources close to the company.

The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reports that some want to increase tweets by 10 characters or so while others want to build a “publishing platform” that Twitter could make money from one day.

Apparently, Twitter interim CEO and founder Jack Dorsey is backing the potential change.

“People have been very precious at Twitter about what Twitter can be and how much it can be evolved,” a senior employee, who was unnamed, told Recode. “Having Jack come in and say it’s okay makes all the difference in the world.”

In August, Twitter removed the 140-character limit for direct messages.

If Twitter goes forward with the change, the company wouldn’t be the first tech firm to evolve beyond a trademark that’s been a part of a product’s origins.

Photo-sharing website Instagram, for example, recently branched out beyond its square photos, allowing users to post portrait and landscape images.

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