By now, you’ve heard that Twitter is considering the possibility of increasing their current 140 character limit to 10,000. Jack Dorsey, the co-founder & CEO of Twitter, has weighed in on this potential update.
— Jack (@jack) January 5, 2016
The responses to his tweet are numerous. Here’s a sampling.
CHARACTER LIMIT @jack isnt the problem with twitter. not by a mile. at all. fix search. develop a real archival system. make curating easier
— liza sabater (@blogdiva) January 5, 2016
@jack wrong move. I'll start up a 140 character limited micro blog service and take your loyal users (like me) who want to keep it original.
— El Benj (@bjblyth) January 5, 2016
@jack don't do it bro. Should've run a poll. Twitter always introducing things without really knowing whether people really want it or not.
— Natsu (@F1ashPoint) January 5, 2016
@jack please don't do this. nobody wants this. 140 characters is not broken. do not try to fix it.
— Chad Brown (@staychad) January 5, 2016
And finally, this.
. @jack Please. Twitter is all I have. Don't do this to me.
— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) January 5, 2016
It’s entirely possible that this is some clever way of gathering people’s opinions about Twitter. Also, it’s a great way to stoke user passions about the service.
Ultimately, I don’t see Twitter changing their core service that drastically. In my opinion, this will end up being a move similar to Facebook Video in that they are trying to keep people on their service as opposed to sending them away to YouTube. So, I imagine this as an extension / feature similar to how Slack implements posts. To the user, they’ll see an enhanced version of a Twitter Card, encouraging people to click and read more.
Of course, I could be wrong.
How do you think Twitter will implement this new feature? Tell me in the comments!