Twitter could scrap its 140-character limit as soon as this year

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Twitter could scrap its 140-character limit as soon as this year

Twitter’s co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey has all but confirmed the social media platform is going to remove its 140-character limit.

In a tweet published Wednesday morning Australian time, Dorsey said the social media giant is always working on ways to create “more utility and power” for Twitter users.

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“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,” Dorsey wrote.

“Instead, what if that text… was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.”

Dorsey said Twitter would always be “fast” and “conversational”, but if the company decides to forge ahead with removing the character limit then it would tell developers well in advance so they can prepare accordingly.

“We’re not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people,” he said.

“As long as it’s consistent with what people want to do, we’re going to explore it.”

 

Dorsey made the public comments following a Re/code story that claimed Twitter is working on expanding its character limit to 10,000 characters.

If the product update sees the light of day, it is likely that tweets will display up to 140 characters along with a read-more option that will show the full text.

The report comes after Twitter last year announced major cost-cutting moves to shore up its bottom line, including job cuts that affected Twitter’s Australian office.

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Broede Carmody is SmartCompany's senior reporter. Previously, he was a co-editor of RMIT University's student magazine Catalyst.

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