No, Twitter Won’t Allow More Than 140 Characters

Twitter is making some big changes, according to Slate and Re/Code. While nothing has been confirmed at the time, the two tech sites have submitted their theories for what Twitter might be planning.

Will Oremus of Slate hypothesized “What Twitter probably has in mind….is a feature that will allow some users to publish full notes or articles directly on Twitter, rather than simply linking to them. In all likelihood, the text of tweets themselves will remain capped at 140 characters in most cases (albeit with some tweaks, as I’ll explain). As a result, your Twitter feed will continue to look much the same as it does today.

The difference will be that, for certain tweets, you’ll have the option to click or tap a button (“Expand,” perhaps) to view the full article or blog post without leaving your Twitter feed.” while Kurt Wagner and Jason Del Ray wrote “Twitter is building a new product that will allow users to share tweets that are longer than the company’s 140-character limit, according to multiple people familiar with the company’s plans. It’s unclear what the product will look like, but sources say it would enable Twitter users to publish long-form content to the service.”

Why would Twitter take on such a big undertaking, whatever it is? According to Twitter’s investor website, they have earned over $74 million in their first quarter. While nothing to sneeze at, this amount is still under what the company originally believed they would make back. The platform could be looking for something to shake up.

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