Tweet on and on: Twitter considers raising its 140-character limit

If you have ever cursed as you have tried to distill your deep thoughts into 140 characters to fit into a tweet on Twitter, you may be in luck.

Twitter is considering dropping one of its signature features: the 140-character limit it imposes on each tweet, reports Recode.

For the verbose, it gets even better: The Internet firm may raise the limit to as much as 10,000 characters.

For those of us who have enjoyed the brevity, don’t worry. The look and feel of one’s Twitter timeline won’t change, Recode says.  Tweets would still display no more than 140 characters and simply offer something for readers to click on (“more” or “…” come to mind) to see more.

The possible change appears to be just the latest reversal at Twitter after Jack Dorsey returned as CEO this year.

Why make these and other changes? Twitter’s future is cloudy, Queenie Wong wrote.

The company is struggling with lackluster growth and is looking for ways to attract more users, as well as keep the ones it has.

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USA Today quotes Dorsey in the third-quarter earnings call:

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.

Some of the other changes since Dorsey returned include restoring Politwoops’ access to its API (application programming interface), as Levi Sumagaysay wrote.

The company laid off more than 300 employees in October. And it continually tweaks its harassment policies.

The 140-character limit has led to some literary calisthenics. One thing I won’t miss are tweetstorms, where a person who has a lot to say chops up an essay-length cri de coeur into multiple tweets.

People do like to go on, so tweetstorms may continue. If Twitter is turning itself into what it has long been called — a microblogging site — then why limit the number of characters to 10,000?

Above: Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO.  (Dai Sugano/Staff)


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