Twitter’s Character Limit Will Stay 140—Not Expand to 10,000

By Justin Lafferty Comment


Despite rumblings of a 10,000-character limit on Twitter, the company’s CEO told The Today Show that the 140-character limit is here to stay.

In an appearance on The Today Show, Jack Dorsey dismissed the rumors of long-form tweets, saying that the company is focused on keeping tweets to 140-characters or less:

It’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us. It allows for of-the-moment brevity.

While many thought that Twitter would go to a 10,000-character limit (what the direct messaging platform allows for now), as a way to compete with blogging services, Dorsey told The Today Show that the 140-character limit will stay in place.

Dorsey, back in January, seemed open to the concept of opening up the character limit. Twitter, which celebrates its 10th birthday on Monday, has always had a 140-character limit on tweets.

Dorsey also talked with Matt Lauer, addressing claims that Twitter censors users:

Absolutely not. … Twitter has always been about controls. People can follow who they want, and it’s our job to make sure they see the most important things.

Readers: What do you think Twitter’s character limit should be?