Twitter Increasing Its Limit to 10000 Characters

Is Twitter Increasing Its Limit to 10,000 Characters?

Is Twitter Increasing Its Limit to 10,000 Characters?

It was revealed during January 2016 that Twitter is seriously considering ditching its 140 character limit in tweets. Instead the platform is thinking about increasing the character limiter to 10,000 characters. This would make the character limit the same as for direct messages on the platform.

The move, is part of a wider offensive by the popular social media platform to further increase and widen its audience. The potential change was confirmed by the platforms CEO, Jack Dorsey, in a tweet from his personal account. “We’re not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people. As long as it’s consistent with what people want to do, we’re going to explore it.” Dorsey tweeted.

If the character limit changes go ahead, this would mean that users of the platform would be able to create and view tweets that contained up to 1,700 words. Part of the decision for the lift of the previous character limit was revealed by Dorsey. He stated, “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.” The platform found that many of its users utilised this method as a means of sharing content that was more word heavy than allowed by the official, constraining 140 character limit.

Dorsey revealed that the move was part of the platform’s key goal- namely to empower its users with greater amounts of room to freely express themselves. However Twitter is keen to do this without compromising its trademark creativity, brevity and sense of speed. “We will never lose that feeling.” Dorsey revealed.

The key to Twitter has long been the level of respect they have for those who use the platform, Dorsey revealed that as long as the character increase was consistent with what people wanted from the platform then Twitter would be willing to explore it.

Oddly perhaps, especially since Dorsey has been vocal on the matter, Twitter the San Francisco based company has refused to comment on any plans relating to changing the character limit.

Matti Littunen of the media research company Enders Analysis, stated in an interview with the BBC that the potential move by Twitter is an effort to try and make the platform more relevant in the face of “changing user behaviour”. He pointed to the rise of user’s sharing screenshots of long text messages as proof that people are not engaging with Twitter in the same way they used to.