According to multiple reports, Twitter is planning to fundamentally change its social networking service in March by increasing its arbitrary 140-character limit to 10,000. In an effort to retain the same look and feel within Twitter, users would need to click to expand Tweets that are longer than 140 characters.
After the initial news hit the web, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Tweeted a screenshot with a 1,317 character message that seems to confirm the reports.
“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. Instead, what if that text… was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.”
Expanding Twitter’s character limit from 140 to 10,000 would dramatically change the way Twitter is used and would likely alienate a good portion of Twitter’s user base. That being said, the change would also make the service a lot more appealing for those who enjoy the freedom offered by Facebook and Google+. Twitter has been under a lot of pressure to find new ways to grow its user base and increase revenues.
Are you a Twitter user? Would increasing Twitter’s character limit from 140 to 10,000 change the way you use it?