Being limited to 140 characters on Twitter means brevity, creativity and speed are the aims of the game. However, the company is experimenting with expanding its character limit to more than 70 times that number — to 10,000.
It is part of efforts to grow its user base, according to technology news website Re/code. Twitter is reportedly aiming to launch the feature towards the end of March, though no date has been set.
Tweets with the expanded limit will continue to only show 140 characters, and will provide an option for users to expand the Tweet to see more, the report said. Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey appeared to confirm the report in a tweet.However, the character expansion does not appear to be what Twitter users want, with many tweeting criticism of the news ::
“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 went on to say the company had been observing the habits of users, noticing people often tweeted screenshots of text — like the Tweet he had posted.
“Instead, what if that text … was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power,” he tweeted.
“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.”
However, the character expansion does not appear to be what Twitter users want, with many tweeting criticism of the news.
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