Twitter users get ready to type more.
Re/code reports that Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users tweet things longer than the traditional 140-character limit. They are considering a 10,000 character limit, the same character limit the company uses for its Direct Messages product.
A version of the product in which tweets appear the same way they do now is currently being tested, with some kind of link to show there is more content you can’t see. Clicking on the tweets would then expand them to reveal more content. The point of this is to keep the same look and feel for your timeline, although this design is not necessarily final, sources say.
Twitter is trying to add more content without disrupting the way you currently scroll through your timeline.
Twitter is also tinkering with the idea of changing its reverse chronological timeline — another core Twitter feature.
With regards to expanded tweets, Twitter is also working out a plan for how to deal with potential spamming issues that might arise with an expanded character count, according to sources. It’s unknown, for example, if Twitter will restrict how many users can be mentioned in a single tweet, but the company is apparently thinking through those scenarios. Twitter plans to talk with some of its analytics and measurement partners to prepare them to handle longer tweets beginning later this month, sources say.
There is no set date yet for its launch.
What do you think? Good or bad idea?