October 19, 2018

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Twitter to raise character limit in tweets

Twitter to raise character limit in tweets

Twitter Inc. may be preparing to raise its character limit for tweets to the thousands from the current 140, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

The maximum number of characters in a post could be raised to as much as 10,000, said the person, who asked not be identified as the changes haven’t been decided. A tweet that long would be roughly equal to a 20-minute speech. The number could be half that, depending on how users respond to trials, the person said.

Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey, who has been pushing the company to make the service more engaging, confirmed that Twitter is looking at new ways to display text, while adding that he expects most tweets to remain “short and sweet and conversational.” He noted that people are already sharing longer messages by posting screenshots of text, and that the company will experiment based on what people are currently doing.

“We’re not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people,” he said on Twitter. “As long as it’s consistent with what people want to do, we’re going to explore it.” Read more

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