Twitter character limit to raise from 140 to 10,000

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Whether you love it or hate it, Twitter’s 140-character limit is one of the key “features” that differentiates it from other social media offerings. Sure, you have to sometimes phrase your thoughts accordingly in order to tweet what’s on your mind, but it looks like that won’t be an issue in the future, if this WSJ report is to be believed.

A person familiar with the matter unveiled that Twitter is planning on raising said 140-character limit to as much as 10,000. Said change is expected to be announced by the end of the quarter (March). The possibility of such a move has been both saluted and frowned upon, and Twitter would reportedly maintain the light look and feel of the service, by requiring users to expand longer tweets in order to read them.

Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted a rather long message (in the form of a screenshot of the 1,317 character-long text), saying: “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,” he noted. “Instead, what if that text…was actually text? Text that could be searched.  Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.”

Which side of the fence are you on? Do you salute the move, or, on the contrary, do you think it will spoil the spirit of Twitter, what it is, and what it stands for?

Source: WSJ

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