Longform Tweets: Twitter to Bump Character Limit From 140 to 10,000?

By Justin Lafferty Comment


Long-winded tweeters rejoice: the character limit on Twitter could rise exponentially — from its current 140 to 10,000.

Re/code reports that a Twitter team is working on a project called “Beyond 140,” that would allow Twitter users to share their thoughts well beyond 140 characters. The 10,000 character figure is the same limit the platform puts on direct messages.

Re/code’s story notes that this could come toward the end of Q1, but no launch date is determined yet.

Twitter declined to comment to SocialTimes on the matter.

However, this doesn’t mean that your timeline will be clogged by a tome. Reports suggest that only the first 140 characters would show up in a timeline, but give the reader an option to read more. Facebook does a similar thing with longer posts.


Re/code’s Kurt Wagner discussed what this could mean for Twitter’s future:

The 140-character limit has been around as long as Twitter has; it’s part of the product’s personality. Expanding the limit is a sign that Twitter and Jack Dorsey are willing to make serious changes in hopes of luring new users. Twitter is also tinkering with the idea of changing its reverse chronological timeline — another core Twitter feature.

With regards to expanded tweets, Twitter is also working out a plan for how to deal with potential spamming issues that might arise with an expanded character count, according to sources. It’s unknown, for example, if Twitter will restrict how many users can be mentioned in a single tweet, but the company is apparently thinking through those scenarios. Twitter plans to talk with some of its analytics and measurement partners to prepare them to handle longer tweets beginning later this month, sources say.

This could also have an adverse effect on apps such as TwitLonger, which people use to continue tweets beyond 140 characters.

Often, to get around the 140 character issue, people will tap out a longer message in Notes, Facebook or another app and post a screenshot. This move is likely aimed at bringing more of that conversation onto Twitter.

Readers: Where should Twitter set the character limit, or is 140 just fine?