Goodbye 140. Hello 10,000?
Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet longer than the traditional 140-character limit, according to a report from Re/code.
The company is reportedly considering a 10,000-character limit, which matches its Direct Messages product.
If implemented, it’s likely tweets over the normal 140 characters will have a “view more” or similar link that allow users to read the whole tweet. However, exact implementation of the new feature has not been reported and may not yet be decided.
The company is aiming for a launch during the first three months of 2016, according to the report. Testing is likely over the coming months.
Twitter users responded to the news — and the response was largely negative:
If Twitter moves to 10,000 characters per tweet, what do I do with my unexpected talent of fitting communications in exactly 140 characters?
— Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) January 5, 2016
If Twitter moves to 10,000 characters, email must move to 140 characters.
It's only fair.
— M.G. Siegler (@mgsiegler) January 5, 2016
Go ahead and make tweets 10,000 characters, or editable, or whatever. That's not what makes Twitter special and unique from Facebook.
— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) January 5, 2016
Very excited for 10,000 character Twitter. I can use the first 140 for text and the rest for hashtags.
— #JeSuisPetesBillionaires (@ProfJeffJarviss) January 5, 2016
— Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) January 5, 2016
Thinking about seeing a 10,000 word tweet show up in my timeline and I'm bored already
— Keyblade Master Terence (@TheBlackNerd) January 5, 2016