Up until now, Twitter has been best known for its famous 140-character limit, which created the perfect conditions for short, snappy and memorable posts from users. However, this could all change as it seems the social media giant is considering upping the limit to 10,000 characters.
There have been rumours about this for a while and there has been no official announcement to confirm it, but this tweet from Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey seems to confirm that they’re thinking about exploring new character limits: Screenshots of long pieces of text can commonly be seen on Twitter as users seek a way to express themselves beyond the current shorter character limit, but this does not allow the content to be searched or used in the same way as a traditional tweet.
Opinions are differing on whether this is a positive or negative move. On the one hand, a new larger character limit could take away much of what makes Twitter special and may alienate long-time users, but on the other hand it does seem that many people would welcome a broader platform to share opinions and information.
As user behaviour changes, social media platforms need to evolve in order to keep up, and if Twitter does change its character limit it will be interesting to see how this impacts on the future of social media.