Recently, speculation has been swirling around in the social media industry that Twitter might be considering switching from 140 characters to 10,000.
Now, that’s not just a few words, that’s A LOT (thank you, Captain Obvious).
Some people reacted as follows:
and definitely like this:
Conclusion: they were perplexed, aghast and agog that Twitter would even consider this character boost. After all, Twitter at its core is a platform that makes people think.
What do I mean? Well, any Joe Schmo can go on Facebook, place their cursor in the status bar and type away with grammar mistakes that would make your English teacher go all Romeo and Juliet on us (drink poison).
Let’s be honest, these people usually rant about the most absurd topics – like ranting about people Facebook ranting. In short, it’s the type of posts that make you question how that person is a functioning human in society – you know what I’m talking about. I’m sure you have at least five people you can think of #relatable.
Anyways my point is, Twitter forces people to consolidate their thoughts into one 140-character message.
Now, don’t get me wrong – people can still fill 140-characters with stupid comments, but the beauty of Twitter is that you can digest small bits of information from lots of people quickly and efficiently.
I know some people believe that Twitter is a dying platform but I think it’s flourishing.
After all, we still see news sources citing famous athletes and celebrity tweets. If it was falling to the wayside, they’d completely bypass Twitter.
In conclusion, I support Twitter as a whole but I think that a 10,000 character limit is pushing the envelope. I do, however, wish some changes would be made. A slight increase of the character limit and an edit button would be welcome additions.
Because let’s face it, we’ve all crafted a great tweet, picture and all, only to realize you’ve exceeded the limit. Now, you’re spelling you like “u” and removing punctuation. Oh and how about the times you publish a tweet only to realize there’s a spacing issue or a typo – *hits delete and republishes.*
So, in the end I think a 10,000 character limit is like a New Year’s Resolution to lose 45 pounds in two days. Let’s slow your roll, Twitter, and implement changes gradually.
Twitter, if you’re listening, stick to your bread and butter and keep it simple!