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Twitter contemplating 10,000-character limit for tweets

  • Twitter is building a new feature that will
    allow users to post tweets as long as 10,000 characters, well beyond its
    current 140-character limit, technology news website
    Re/code reported.

  • An expansion of the limit to 10,000
    • Twitter is building a new feature that will
      allow users to post tweets as long as 10,000 characters, well beyond its
      current 140-character limit, technology news website
      Re/code reported.

    • An expansion of the limit to 10,000
      characters would allow a tweet of more than 1,000 words with spaces between
      words and punctuation.

    • Twitter may launch the service towards the
      end of the first quarter but has not set an official date,
      Re/code said, citing sources familiar with the plans. They said the
      character limit could change before the final version of the product is
      unveiled.

    • Jack Dorsey, the company’s co-founder, who
      returned as chief executive in October, in a series of tweets did not say
      whether Twitter would expand the limit. But he did call it “a beautiful
      constraint.”

    • He added that the company has seen more
      people sharing screenshots of text, which are a way to get around the
      140-character limit.

    • “We’re not going to be shy about
      building more utility and power into Twitter for people,” Dorsey wrote in
      a screenshot of text that was longer than 140 characters. “As long as it’s
      consistent with what people want to do, we’re going to explore it.”

    • The micro-blogging website, in an attempt
      to keep the current look for the Twitter timeline, is testing a version of the
      product that displays 140-character tweets but expands to reveal more content
      when users click on the tweet,
      Re/code said.

    • Twitter has been experimenting under Dorsey
      to make the service more engaging.

    • In the few months since Dorsey returned,
      Twitter introduced the ‘Moments’ feature, added polls to tweets, rolled out a
      “buy” button and replaced its star-shaped “favourite” icon
      with a heart-shaped icon called “like.”

    • Twitter has come under increasing pressure
      to boost user growth and ad revenue. It had its slowest user growth in 2015 –
      it now boasts just over 300 million users – and was eclipsed by photo-sharing
      app Instagram, owned by Facebook, which surpassed 400 million users last year.

     

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