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Twitter said to consider insane 10,000 character limit

by Todd Haselton | January 6, 2016January 6, 2016 7:30 am PDT


The days of Twitter’s 140-character limit my soon be over. Rumor has it the company is planning to expand the character limit up to 10,000 words. Yes, you read that correctly — folks may actually be able to use the service for much longer content, like articles, opinions or, heck, maybe even novellas.

Why would Twitter want to do something like this? Well, Re/Code, which broke the news, said that the tweets would be expandable. That means you wouldn’t feel “clogged” with someone’s crazy 10,000 word rambling about the state of vegan mac and cheese recipes. Such a feature would allow Twitter to compete with platforms like Medium, it seems.

That alone might help Twitter with its focus on expanding the number of active users it has each month — a key growth metric that already has investors worried about the firm’s future.

Will it happen? Nothing official yet, but we’ll see.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...