Twitter, Inc. Exceeds 140 Character Word Limit
Many changes are coming under Dorsey's leadership at Twitter, which might lead to a growth in the userbase.
According to a number of people who are aware of Twitter, Inc.’s plans have stated that the micro-blogging company has a new product that will allow its users to exceed the word limit on their Tweets. At this point, sources are unclear on the design of the product but it is said that Twitter users will now be able to post long content to the service.
Currently, users can use products such as OneShot to post blocks of text as their Tweets. The downside of these products is that they are just images of Tweets not actual Tweets. Since the launch of the social media network, there has been a work limit of 140- characters as its trademark feature on posts. There have been constant arguments on this issue, as outsiders have asked Twitter, Inc. to increase the limit. For a few years, this has been the topic of discussion internally at the company as well.
This discussion of increasing the character limit has surfaced mostly during Jack Dorsey’s, the interim CEO at the company, tenure while he has constantly looked for new ways to increase the company’s user base. In July, the company lifted the rule of 140-characters on personal messages. The social media website also added the feature of ‘retweet with comment’ for its users especially advertisers on the website so they could retweet a message with more information easily.
According to a senior at Twitter, the employees at the company have been very hopeful and supportive of the fact that the social media site has the potential to evolve and they be optimistic on what Twitter could become and with Jack leading the company, for the time being, has made all the difference in the world for them. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company is still pondering over the idea of whether it would simply increase the word limit or just build a new rich publishing platform.
The website’s focus formerly is to get a mainstream audience and to grow its user base, in order to do that Dorsey had made some critical changes to the products of the company, like this one of exceeding the character limit, as this will attract many users towards the social media’s website. Advertising and people publishing there content on social media websites prefer to use Facebook or LinkedIn for that but with the character limit gone they might get encouraged to publish their content on Twitter as well.
For the time being it is expected that it will motivate people to use and post their content on Twitter but in the long term we are yet to find out how people will react. Dorsey is aiming at making the service available more to the public to get as many people to use the site as possible.