Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Twitter To Extend Its Text Characters From 140 to 10,000

Twitter could soon ditch its 140 character limit for tweets and allow users to post up to 10,000 characters. To address the user concerns, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posted a screenshot of a 10,000 character tweet, which all but confirms that the micro-blogging site is indeed working on bringing the feature for its users.

Even when the new feature rolls out, tweets would still appear the same way as they do now. It will display the first 140-characters and also include a call to action button to expand the content. In the screenshot that Dorsey posted, he mentioned why Twitter is ready to loosen its decade-long restriction of posting 140-character tweets.
“At its core, Twitter is public messaging. A simple way to say something, to anyone, that everyone in the world can see instantly. We didn’t start Twitter with a 140 character restriction. We added that early on to fit into a single SMS message (160 characters),” Dorsey said.

Dorsey also pointed that many users take screenshots of long text and tweet it. However, the ability of searching text on images is lost. By increasing the character limit for tweets, Twitter aims to strengthen and focus on conversation and messaging ability of the micro-blogging platform. The text that can be highlighted would bring “more utility and power,” he add

Recently, Twitter raised the character limit on direct messages from 140 to a whopping 10,000, and also introduced Heart to replace Star icon, which allows users to mark tweets as favorites. That’s not all; Twitter is also experimenting with a Facebook-type way of the timeline where tweets will be sorted as per relevance and not as per the reverse chronological order.



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