The news is that, among others moves to enhance the attraction and usability of Twitter, there are plans in place on a new Twitter product that removes the 140 character limit from Tweets. Re/code reports that the change has been a topic of discussion for some time at Twitter, but has surfaced as a serious project since founder Jack Dorsey’s return as CEO.
It’s been news for some time that investors are concerned with Twitter’s performance in multiple areas including, of course, share value – but also user growth (which affects revenue via advertising) and ease of entry by individual users (Twitter has a notorious reputation for being difficult to learn).
So, it follows, I guess, that removing that pesky 140 character limit (and eliminating the brevity many of us cherish) will make the social media platform much more attractive to new users (and advertisers).
The Re/code report contains several speculations on the nature of changes being considered to increase the 140 character limit, like removing user handles and links from the count. Seems innocuous enough, right? But the recent removal of the limit from Direct Messages is also mentioned as a potential outcome.
Some speculation is that removal of the character limit will encourage content publishers to share directly on Twitter, in similar fashion as with other ‘long-form’ capabilities on platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn. This will certainly change the character of Twitter, no? Pun intended.
Q1) Does 140 limit our ability to articulate our thoughts on Twitter?
Q2) Does excluding items like handles and links give enough extra room in tweets?
Q3) What’s your opinion on removing the character limit completely?
Q4) Will long-from narrative make Twitter competitive with Facebook and LinkedIn?
Q5) What ideas other than removing the 140 limit might make Twitter more ‘mainstream’?
Q6) How is the ‘quirky’ nature of Twitter an impediment to user growth?