Since Twitter’s start in 2006, one of the most defining (and often frustrating) characteristics of the platform has been its 140-character limit. Surprisingly, it looks like change may be coming to the short-form social network. Rumors have been flying since September that Twitter may be increasing its character count to 10,000. Last month, CEO Jack Dorsey took to Twitter to share his thoughts on this issue.
— Jack (@jack) January 5, 2016
Note that even in Dorsey’s message, he chose to use more than 140 characters. Clearly, Twitter recognizes its obstacles and is taking people’s suggestions into consideration. This change could provide more thorough and effective communication.
@jack Expanding the character limit would be tremendous for public safety sending out information before, during and after a disaster, etc..
— Lt. Andy Norris (@LtAndyNorris) January 6, 2016
However, not everyone is thrilled about this potential change.
Instead of a 10k character limit, how about having quoted tweets, pictures, and Twitter handles, not use up any characters? #Twitter10k
— Nevin (@AtheistEtcEtc) January 15, 2016
If Twitter ups the character count ppl will be writing paragraphs about their political/religious beliefs so it may as well be Facebook 2.0
— Rich Homie Camel (@Camillionaireee) January 7, 2016
For the most part though, it seems like most people are divided.
10,000 characters in a tweet or 140 characters #Twitter10k
— Opinion Polls (@ThislsGorgeous) January 15, 2016
There has been no official announcement from Twitter yet, so be on the lookout in the upcoming weeks. For the latest news, follow us on Twitter @TheWilbertGroup, and join the conversation by using #Twitter10k.