Quoted: Jack Dorsey commits to 140-character limit on tweets

“It’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us, and it allows for of-the-moment brevity.”

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, tells host Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today” show Friday morning that 140-character tweets are here to stay.

There were reports earlier this year that the company was considering raising the character limit on tweets, which prompted Dorsey to profess his love for short and sweet — by tweeting a photo of a really long text. It was a mixed message that kept people guessing, but he put that to rest today.

Apologies to the long-winded, you’ll just have to keep blasting out those tweetstorms.

Still, Dorsey said on TV that the company would continue to roll out changes to try to make Twitter better, amid pressure on the San Francisco microblogging company to keep up with the Facebooks and the Googles of the world as they all go after the same slices of the online advertising pie.

Twitter, which reported its most recent quarterly earnings last month, has seen its user growth stall at 320 million monthly active users. In addition, it has seen many key executives leave recently.

But Dorsey oozed optimism today on the “Today” show.

Next week, Twitter celebrates the 10th anniversary of the first tweet ever sent — by Dorsey, co-founder of the company:

And Dorsey said on TV: “We’ll be here on the 20th (anniversary). We’ll be here on the 30th. It’s a fundamental service, and we have a lot of heart in the company, we have a lot of purpose.”


Photo: The Twitter building is photographed Dec. 14, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


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  • hoapres

    You mean these turkeys are still around ????

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