Posted on January 5, 2016
Is it possible to be old-school/old man when it comes to something as relatively new as Twitter? I think the answer is yes, because I like Twitter the way it is. Nevertheless, re/code reports, changes are looming:
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.
Twitter is currently testing a version of the product in which tweets appear the same way they do now, displaying just 140 characters, with some kind of call to action that there is more content you can’t see. Clicking on the tweets would then expand them to reveal more content. The point of this is to keep the same look and feel for your timeline, although this design is not necessarily final, sources say.
Keeping the current timeline display is key — and I’d like to see them show exactly how much longer than 140 characters a specific tweet is.