According to sources, Twitter may be building a new product that will allow users to share tweets that are longer than the company’s 140-character limit
Twitter may release a new product which would allow users to share updates longer than the well-known 140-character limit that Twitter now imposes.
It’s not clear what the product would actually look like, but sources close to Twitter told Re/Code that it would enable Twitter users to publish long-form content to the service.
The 140-character limit has been a trademark of Twitter since its launch. But as the microblogging site’s global growth slows, it has been suggested that this character limit is holding the company back – partly because different international languages have different parameters in which to articulate a coherent thought.
The limit may also make it more intimidating for a mainstream audience to use.
The company has already experimented with pushing the character limit in the past. For instance, it removed the limit for direct messages last July. It also added a “retweet with comment” option in April to give people more words to comment on tweets they share.
According to Re/Code’s sources, the discussions began when interim CEO Jack Dorsey took over the reins in recent months.
Twitter’s President of revenue and partnerships, Adam Bain, hinted at thisin an interview with the Telegraph last week.
“[Jack Dorsey] also has been great in terms of challenging the teams on things that maybe we hold sacred and dear, he’s been asking really pointed product questions around things that he himself created nine and a half years ago, asking ‘Why are we still doing that?’, so it’s been great having someone focusing the team on continuing to innovate,” he said.
People are already reacting to the news on Twitter itself.
Twitter knows it needs to appeal to more people. While news junkies, politicians and marketers love the constant feed of real-time messages, millions of people have either tried it and given up, or signed up and never logged in at all.
This could be the much-needed shakeup that Twitter needs to keep Wall Street happy.