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Forget 140 characters: Tweet limits to expand


NEW YORK – Jan. 7, 2016 – Twitter users are accustomed to a 140-character limit, but it appears likely that they won't have to boil down their thoughts much longer: The social media platform may expand its character limit. A lot.

Twitter says it plans to release a new feature by the end of the first quarter that allows users to write longer tweets. There is talk that the new character limit will be a whopping 10,000 – a virtual Twitter novella.

However, both the launch date and character limit might change as Twitter considers the design of this expansion. Previous changes that allowed more content or bigger pictures reduced user engagement. To counter that, tweets may continue to display just 140 characters, but end with a "click here" for expanded and longer content. This would keep timelines neat while allowing longer posts.

Twitter is also working to contain the possibilities this offers to spammers that will now have a much larger area to tag other users.

Source: "Twitter Considering 10,000-Character Limit for Tweets," re/code (Jan. 5, 2016).

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