Recode: Longer tweets are coming soon to Twitter.
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. That’s the same character limit the company uses for its Direct Messages product, so it isn’t a complete surprise.
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.”
If tweets take a long time to consume or take up more space on your screen, it’s likely that you’ll view (and engage with) fewer of them. So Twitter is trying to add more content without disrupting the way you currently scroll through your timeline.
I just don’t know with Twitter anymore. Maybe I’m missing the big picture. I can admit that I don’t know everything. But at face value this looks like the most ass-backwards business move ever. Twitter’s stock is in the goddamn toilet. It gets lower and lower every single day of the week. So what do they do? They change favorites into likes. They swap out their patented stars for precious little hearts because why not, right? Now they’re changing character limits. 140 characters is not enough anymore. So to allow users to really drive their points across to their followers, let’s give them an additional NINE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY characters to work with. Maybe then everyone will be able to include all apostrophes and appropriate punctuation marks.
I’ve been a Twitter guy for years. Had one back in highschool before anyone even knew what Twitter was. So forgive me if I come off a bit territorial. Twitter is an unbelievably powerful platform and source for information, so I like when people can get a reaction from me with no more than 140 characters. For years I have worked diligently to construct top notch tweets that create conversation, laughs, and controversy. And everytime I’ve been able to do so in 140 characters. If you need ten thousand fucking characters to achieve that, maybe you should just start a blog or something.
“If tweets take a long time to consume or take up more space on your screen, it’s likely that you’ll view (and engage with) fewer of them. So Twitter is trying to add more content without disrupting the way you currently scroll through your timeline.”
This literally makes no sense. How am I supposed to engage with more people when you admit that long tweets will result in less engagement? Clean it up, people in charge at Twitter.