As 2016 had just begun, Twitter made an announcement that it was considering changing the character limit from 140 to 10,000. It was discussed that this was done so Twitter could compete with other popular social platforms such as Medium, in an effort to attract advertisers and help their bottom line. Even though there was a huge outcry from Twitter fans, the social media giant was still contemplating the change.
That is, until last week.
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, announced on the Today Show when questioned by host Matt Lauer about 140 character limit on Twitter, “It’s staying,” Dorsey replied. “It’s a good constraint for us, and it allows for of-the-moment brevity.” There was still a little mystery concerning the change, though, as there is talk about allowing embedded text into tweets, similar to video or images, to provide expansion of a post.
Another point creating uncertainty is that Dorsey went on to say that it is possible for a user to take a screenshot of a bigger block of text to get around the 140 character limit. In this article by TechCrunch, it discusses the question of extending the character limit, including the post that the CEO made back in January.
Has Twitter reversed course on plans to increase the character limit on tweets? That’s what you might think when reading the press coverage of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s appearance on The Today Show, but I’m not convinced that there was really a big change of heart.
You may recall Re/code’s report in January that Twitter was looking at a “10,000 character limit for tweets.” That didn’t mean, however, that epic tweets might just pop up willy nilly in your timeline — instead, only 140 characters would appear as usual, but you’d have the option to click and expand to see more content.
Dorsey responded by saying that the 140-character limit is “a beautiful constraint” and that Twitter “will never lose that feeling.” At the same time, he pointed out that users often share screenshots of text on Twitter, in part to get around the character limit, so he asked, “What if that text … was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted.”
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One possibility for the announcement is to keep avid Twitter users happy who love the constraint of characters, especially since today marks Twitter’s 10th anniversary. Twitter does have a lot of to celebrate even though there have been questions about its future. It has come a long way since its beginnings in 2006.
In this VentureBeat blog, it provides some interesting facts about Twitter and it’s first 10 years.
- The first “tweet” came from cofounder and former and current CEO Jack Dorsey.
- Yep, it was originally called twittr. The early days of the Web 2.0 movement were dark times, when people believed that simply dropping vowels from a name would make it hip. Today, those people often have long beards and closely cropped hair on top.
- Twitter has seen its revenue grow from $28.3 million in 2010 to $2.22 billion in 2015. Yeah!
- In 10 years, Twitter has lost a total of $2.09 billion, as of Dec. 2015 (and counting). Gulp!
- The company has had four CEOs in 10 years: Jack Dorsey-Evan Williams-Dick Costolo-Jack Dorsey.
- Twitter had 3,900 full-time employees at the end of Dec. 2015. It hired 3,700 in the previous five years. The first five years of its existence, it was a lean, mean fighting machine with only 200 members in the flock.
- That annoying Oscar photo by Ellen DeGeneres is still the most retweeted and liked tweet:
- Co-founder Noah Glass picked the name Twitter after scouring the “tw” section of the dictionary.
- Katy Perry is the most-followed person on Twitter, with 84.77 million followers. Sigh.
- In November 2008, Facebook reportedly tried to buy Twitter for $500 million, back when that was a lot of money. Today, Twitter is worth $11.7 billion. (Though Facebook is worth $36.3 billion.)
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No matter what Twitter decides to do, the fact is that Google loves Twitter and because of that, even if it is struggling in some ways, it will be a huge player in the social media world for a long time. Twitter is so different from other social sites, but I feel like that is what makes it interesting. In conclusion, I wanted to share the video Twitter created in honor of their landmark anniversary.