Twitter Looking to Expand 140 Character Limit Very Soon
Twitter users may soon be able to tweet more than just 140 characters at a time, a new report suggests.
According to Re/Code, the social network is working on a new product that will allow its users to tweet beyond the 140-character limit.
Although the report notes users will be able to publish “long-form content to the service,” it’s unclear how exactly this would work. Existing services such as OneShot or TwitLonger allows users a way to share long messages to the site; OneShot uses an image and TwitLonger links to an outside page and includes a continued note in the tweet to keep on reading.
This post was made on TwitLonger. Lots of people ask how it works, so the easiest way is to show you how… (cont) http://t.co/jltkGfIBKF
— TwitLonger (@twitlonger) June 1, 2014
The move would be a big move for Twitter, which has long embraced the 140-character restriction. The company declined to comment on the report.
Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal noted that interim CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey is behind the project, which has been given the name “140 Plus.”
It added one way the company is considering an expansion is by upping its character limit to 150 or more. However, some people internally believe a better answer to the restrictions is building a publishing platform, the report said.
It’s also possible that the site could allow users to embed more text within a tweet, along with the option for it to expand to view more. This would keep the streamlined look of Twitter relatively the same.
The news comes a little over a month after the company opened up its direct messaging service to exceed 140 characters. It also lands at a time where Dorsey remains the top candidate to become permanent CEO of Twitter.
Twitter is also said to be revamping the way it approaches new products — rather than rolling out incremental updates, it’s looking to introduce bigger changes more aligned with its overall vision, according to the Wall Street Journal.