Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Twitter to hike its 140 character limit

Narada Desk | May 17, 2016 12:05 pm Print
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This could be a Big news if the rumours are true. Bloomberg reports that the microblogging service or whatever we’re calling Twitter now won’t include the characters taken up by links and photos as part of its famous 140-character limit. Links and images take about 23 characters each even when they’re automatically shortened on the platform, so basically, that means there’s more room for your urgent thoughts to go next to a link to your website, or photo, or what have you.

Months back Twitter CEO was announced that twitter will be stick up with 140 characters. And that discussion got end there. But now Bloomberg received the intel from an anonymous “person familiar with the matter” type, who says it could happen in as little as two weeks’ time. That all sounds reasonable, if a bit unprecedented, when you consider that the move might be, for once, popular with Twitter users. The company’s various tweaks have been notoriously disliked, setting, shall we say, a lower limit on its stock earlier this month.

Jack Dorsey, the CEO said in March that “It’s a good constraint for us,” he said at the time, “It allows for of-the-moment brevity.” If you weren’t aware, 140 characters come from the pre-smart phone era, and represent the maximum number of characters you could use in one text message on a dumb phone, which was how you Tweeted back in 2006 I guess.

But still Jack shared the proposed idea of widening characters in a tweeted a sceenshot

Instead of expanding drastically, this compromise move is likely to be well received — at least by most. One possible hater might be the link-shortening cottage industry that’s popped up in the mean time to give you more room to tweet.

Anyway, everyone have fun with those 23 to 47 more characters. Twitter users are pretty curious to know what will do with the tweaked extended character limits, and what if twitter will be look like if the limit will be upto 10000.

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