Twitter holds the title as the most popular “microblogging” social networking website out there; it has the ability to push the most important topics of conversation with the smallest amount of text. People, companies, and marketers have used this platform to express their thoughts and push their content—the only catch is there is a 140-character limit on each single tweet.
However, according to the Wall Street Journal, that is all about to change. Twitter is planning to extend its 140-character limit to as many as 10,000.
Twitter’s co-founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey, tweeted a screenshot of text (see below) explaining the whole situation with a total of 1,317 characters including spaces.
In short, Dorsey’s explanation about the expansion of characters reads: “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.”
Some Twitter users are claiming that a longer character limit would destroy what Twitter is all about—brevity and speed of a real-time experience amongst its users. On the other hand, it could also transform Twitter into a longer public blogging platform, allowing for more user interaction and public conversation.
This follows Twitters recent update in July—which included expanding the 140 character limit on private messages to 10,000.
What do you think about the rumored new character limit? Should Twitter stick to its 140 character limit and just let Facebook deal with the long essays of text people post? Or is this the start of an opportunity to share more information?