Twitter preparing to ditch 140-character limit for public tweets

Multiple reports suggest social network is working on allowing tweets up to 10,000 characters in length

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Twitter preparing to ditch 140-character limit for public tweets The rumours have been met with derision from a number of power users on Twitter
By  Tom Paye Published  January 6, 2016

Micro-blogging service Twitter is reportedly looking at ditching the defining 140-character limit of tweets as it seeks to attract new users.

According to sources cited in multiple outlets, the social network is already testing the functionality, which will reportedly allow users to send tweets up to 10,000 characters in length. The main challenge, apparently, is being able to preserve the look and feel of the traditional timeline while still allowing for longer tweets.

One theory being put forward is that the timeline will still only display 140 characters for every tweet, but will be expanded when users click on the tweet.

The rumours have been met with derision from a number of power users on Twitter, who view the 140-character tweet limit as a defining part of the social network.

However, Twitter may end up paying little attention to its traditional power user base, as it struggles to onboard new users. Since going public, Twitter has disappointed Wall Street with its user growth numbers, as well as struggled to effectively monetise its existing userbase.

The company's new CEO, co-founder Jack Dorsey, has taken steps to address these problems, and has already overseen a change that allows users to send direct messages up to 10,000 characters in length. Previously, as when sending public tweets, the limit for direct messages was 140 characters.

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