Twitter is considering raising the cap to thousands of characters, perhaps as many as 10,000, according to CEO and Co-founder Jack Dorsey.
Dorsey announced on Tuesday, that the micro-blogging platform is promoting the idea of increasing the numbers of characters form just 140 to possibly as much as 10,000 that people can tweet to express themselves to their followers and the world at large.
In a screenshot of a 10-paragraph tweet, well in excess of that limit, he discussed how people are already
circumventing it just as he was.
“We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it,” he wrote. “Instead, what if that text…was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.
“What makes Twitter is its fast, public, live conversational nature. We will always work to strengthen that.”
How it would work: 140 characters of a tweet would be visible in the timeline. Clicking on the tweet would reveal the rest of the tweet. Users would be given the option to write beyond 140 characters but would be warned that users would not see the rest of the tweet unless they expanded it.
The company has been exploring extending the length permitted in a tweet on the service for months.
— Jack (@jack) January 5, 2016