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Twitter Wants To Change Its Word Limit To 10K Characters And People Are Not Having Any Of It

by Emmy Griffiths Published on 06/01/2016 at 13:35
Twitter Wants To Change Its Word Limit To 10K Characters And People Are Not Having Any Of It

One of the best things about Twitter is that it is short and snappy. Users have to find creative and quippy ways to express themselves in under 140 characters, and the result (mostly) consists of smart, insightful and even very funny moments which are quick to browse and interact with. So the announcement that Twitter's character count will be increased to 10k has had a strong, mostly negative response...

Twitter has been in an uproar ever since the tentative announcement that Twitter may or may not be increasing their tweet limit to 10k characters as opposed to the usual 140. The rumours were verified by Twitter's CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey, who tweeted a screenshot message reading: "We didn't start Twitter with a 140 character restriction...It's become a beautiful constraint, and I love it! It inspires creativity and brevity. And a sense of speed. We will never lose that feeling."

He continued: "We've spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it. Instead, what if that text...was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That's more utility and power...by focusing on conversation and messaging, the majority of tweets will always be short and sweet and conversational! We're not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people. As long as it's consistent with what people want to do, we're going to explore it."

Although this sounds like a pretty reasonable idea, nobody loves changes and needless to say the Twittersphere had something to say about it.

Plenty of people made the 'I've ran out of characters before I can express myself' joke

Others compared the changes to Twitter becoming more like Facebook

Naturally companies used it as a cheeky bit of promotion

Others were just a little bit miserable

Do you use Twitter and do you think this is a good idea? Tweet us @sofeminineUK!

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