Are 10,000 Character Tweets On The Way?

In August last year Twitter expanded the character limit for direct messaging from 140 to 10,000 characters, with the message "Speak your mind. All of it."

Today there are reports that tweets themselves may be getting the same treatment. What could you say in a 10,000 character tweet? A lot. This whole story, even.

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All 10,000 characters won't appear as a wall of text, according to Re/Code sources. A regular tweet format, with a call to action to "see more" is being tested.

When reached out to for further information, a representative for Twitter told Gizmodo "We aren't commenting on the reports this morning."

Referred to as "Beyond 140" by those in the know, sources say the rollout is expected to happen at the end of Q1, but this -- like everything planned for this change -- isn't definite.

The 140 character limit is a key part of Twitter, forcing users craft updates in a way that is unique to the platform.

Time will tell how the limit expansion will change how we all use Twitter.



    I certainly hope so.

    Twitter is CLEARLY meant to be used almost exclusively for toilet/food updates and witty bon mots, but for several years, users have refused to get the 140 character hint, and have been attempting to brute force the platform into being their go-to social conversation.

    And it's TERRIBLE for conversation. It's ridiculously difficult (and thus rarely done) to eloquently express a nuanced opinion or thought, or for discussion to be had in exchanges of tightly-constrained single/part sentences. There is no room for complexity.

    I hold that forced brevity almost single-handedly responsible for the outrage culture that springs from a constrained habit of attempting to convey a single, basic emotion or thought, and for dialogue to be handicapped by tying one hand behind its back. Occasionally you'll see a mature and perceptive acknowledgement that Twitter is not the place for that kind of discussion, but it's where people keep making the bloody noise anyway.

    Ever find yourself desperately wishing that there was such a thing as 140-character conversations in real life?

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