There are times when it’s hard to say what you want to say in just 140 characters in Twitter. That is, unless you don’t mind stringing together a number of multiple tweets, or a third-party service. But it’s been reported by Re/code that Twitter is thinking about increasing the character limit from 140 characters to 10,000 as soon as Q1.
If this happens, don’t worry too much about it having too big of an impact on the user timeline. Based on what the report says, the character expansion would display the normal 140 characters, but with a click/tap, users will be able to see the full tweet.
Some might ask why are they raising the limit to 10,000 characters? That’s the current maximum size of direct messages on Twitter. That could be a reason, but we don’t really know.
140 characters is not NEARLY enough to express my outrage that Twitter is raising the character limit to 10,000.
— Brian Phillips (@runofplay) January 5, 2016
When I first heard this news, I honestly wondered if this would be well-received by Twitter users. There’s something endearing about sending out tweets that are no larger than 140 characters. Any more than that, and you’d be caving into the pressure to be just like every other social media platform that allows for a large character count. But than again, having a larger character limit would, at the same time, be a nice welcome. So it’s really kind of bitter sweet in my opinion.
Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter had responded to the negative response from Twitter community about the possible 140-character limit removal, but didn’t explicitly confirm the company’s plan to get remove said limit.
The CEO said that the current limit of 140 characters is a “beautiful constraint,” promising that Twitter “will never lose that feeling.” Dorsey did mention how many users have to upload longer text messages as screenshots and images (like the text in his response):
Instead, what if that text … was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.
But would including text as actual text, rather than being put in an image, really help Twitters ad targeting abilities? Perhaps it would, as more text equals more keywords and opportunities for target ads. Plus, if you were able to use text instead of images, that would help decrease bandwidth use for everybody. Here’s Dorsey’s full image-based tweet:
— Jack (@jack) January 5, 2016