Most popular social networking service Twitter Inc. has been working on a completely new feature that gives its users the ability to post tweets as long as 10,000 characters. Users must note that the current limit stands at just 140 characters. This news has also been reported by technology news website Re/code this Tuesday.However, Twitter declined to comment.
Though the company has not revealed any official date as to when this new feature would be launched, but it is expected towards the end of first quarter and an expansion of the limit to 10,000 characters would allow users to post tweets with 1000 words inclusive of spaces and punctuations. However, it's still not confirmed since the character limit can be changed before the final updated version is rolled out.
Jack Dorsey, the company's co-founder, who returned as chief executive in October, in a series of tweets did not say whether Twitter would expand the limit. But he did call it a beautiful constraint. He further added that the company has seen more people sharing screenshots of text, which are a way to get around the 140-character limit. We're not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people, Dorsey wrote in a screenshot of text that was longer than 140 characters. As long as it's consistent with what people want to do, we're going to explore it.
The website also reports that the social networking website is testing a version of the new update that displays the 140-character limit only, but when a user clicks on the tweet it expands by itself. This is also done as an attempt to not change the current look of the Twitter timeline and to make it more engaging and user-friendly.Critics and others also think of it as an attempt to regain the trust of users which went loose after photo-sharing app Instagram (now owned by Facebook Inc.) took over and to increase the ad-revenue.
Like it happens, this new update news too is receiving mixed opinions from all quarters, while some users welcome it with open hands and are quite excited to use it, there are some who took to Twitter to express their opposition to the possible longer tweet with the hashtag #beyond140.