Twitter considering 10,000-character limit for tweets

“Longer tweets are coming soon to Twitter,” Kurt Wagner reports for Re/code. “Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet things longer than the traditional 140-character limit, and the company is targeting a launch date toward the end of Q1, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans.”

“Twitter is currently considering a 10,000 character limit, according to these sources,” Wagner reports. “There is no official launch date set in stone, these sources say. It’s also possible the character limit could fluctuate before it rolls out the final product, which people inside Twitter refer to as ‘Beyond 140.'”

“Twitter is currently testing a version of the product in which tweets appear the same way they do now, displaying just 140 characters, with some kind of call to action that there is more content you can’t see. Clicking on the tweets would then expand them to reveal more content,” Wagner reports. “It’s an important update in what it represents: A willingness to change one of Twitter’s most established product features. The 140-character limit has been around as long as Twitter has; it’s part of the product’s personality. Expanding the limit is a sign that Twitter and Jack Dorsey are willing to make serious changes in hopes of luring new users. ”

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MacDailyNews Take: What’re you writing, a book?

Twitter would be better off explaining — ad nauseam and ad infinitum if need be — to Joe and Jane Sixpack exactly WTF Twitter is than by trying to become even more fscking Facebook-like. The regular people (non-techies) we know aren’t looking for another Facebook and they generally don’t get what Twitter is, so they don’t use it.

Targeting “average citizens” via traditional means (TV ads, print, online, radio, etc.) and using those avenues to clearly explain what using Twitter can do for them would be a far better use of Twitter’s energy, time, and money in their quest to grow their user base.

9 Comments

  1. I think something more than 140 but less than 10K.

    How about a # filter with all key words at the bottom, and the first 140 at the top. Click to expand. Your creative challenge is to fit your message in 140 characters, but you have room to grow or elaborate.

    140 is running the language. So we have to have some way to be a bit more verbose. 10K is the other extreme.

  2. What’s twitter?/s

    My 21 year old daughter just dumped Twitter and Instagram as of the new year. Don’t know if that is a 20 something thing or just her. Could get interesting if the young crowd moves on.

  3. This turned out to be a rubbish report from a variety of confused sources. Twitter ALREADY supports 10,000 characters by way of Direct Messages. Someone got really screwed up and thought this was something new, then the copy cats went maniacal.

    Here’s a terse summary of the mayhem from Gizmodo:

    Calm Down About the Fake 10,000 Character Limit on Twitter

    …Honestly, this kind of freakout happens all the time. Remember back in 2010 when crappy social media startups like Twitlonger were peddling the possibility of novel-length tweets? It didn’t really catch on. Plenty of people thought it would ruin Twitter back then, but the long tweet idea never really caught on. Now that Twitter is bleeding users and grasping for some sort of first aid to reverse process, it would seem rather stupid to alienate the committed users who’ve long feared a world of full of long tweets. It’s kind of like that time Twitter thought it would be a good idea to ban Politwoops, and we all know how that turned out. Or the time Twitter turned stars into hearts. Thank God, we all survived that dark time….

  4. So now we will have the opportunity to read the manifestos of rich spoiled celebrities who think they are better and smarter than the rest of us? Oh boy, I can’t wait!

    Yes, I’m looking at you Jenny McCarthy.

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