A longer tweet may be expected soon.
According to Re/code, Twitter is now in discussion of increasing its 140-character limit to 10,000 characters, or almost 100 times the current maximum. The site reported, citing unnamed sources, that the company may launch the new feature around March.
Twitter has been exploring extending the length permitted in a tweet for months now, USA Today noted.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hinted this week that the social networking service may soon lift its trademark 140-character limit.
Although Dorsey did not directly confirm the company would drop its 140-character limit, he made an argument that suggested such a move made sense. In a screenshot of a 10-paragraph tweet, Dorsey discussed how people are already avoiding the limit just as he was.
“We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it. Instead, what if that text…was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power,” USA Today quoted Dorsey saying.
However, Dorsey also teased that the “majority of tweets will always be short and sweet and conversational.”
If this plan pushes through, the 140 characters of a tweet would be visible in the timeline, and users will have to click on the tweet to reveal the rest of the post. Users would also be given an option to write beyond 140 characters, but would be warned that they would not see the rest of the tweet unless they expanded it.
The feature, which is internally called “Beyond 140” according to Re/code, will also have a “Read More” option.
Twitter already introduced a 10,000 character limit for “Direct Messages,” which allows users to chat privately, one-on-one or in a group, Forbes noted.
The company also launched late last year a new tab of human-curated content called “Moments,” which highlights trends and events. It also changed its star-shaped “Favorite” button to a heart-shaped “Like” button in November. Only this week, Twitter announced another new feature, called “Conversational Ads.”