Twitter’s 140-character limit is staying, says Jack Dorsey


Sometimes in January 2016, Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey hinted through a lengthy tweet that the 140 character limit on the microblogging platform might be ditched.

I was quite happy about this at the time!

However, in an interview on NBC’s Today Show on March 18, 2016, the Chief Executive stated that Twitter’s 140 character limit would be staying – effectively killing my joy (and the joy of others who were waiting for the limit to be lifted).

“It’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us and it allows for of-the-moment brevity,” Jack said on the Show.

Jack’s tweet concerning the issue back in January was lengthy – up to 10,000 characters – because it was a picture tweet, and users have been using this method to get around the 140-character limit. This may have been the reason why ditching the the limit was considered at the time!

In the picture tweet, Jack mentioned that more features will be added to Twitter.

“We’re not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people,” he said.

Some features have been added. Twitter now has “Moments,” which allows users to easily find tweets about the day’s biggest news stories, and the shape of its “favourite” icon has been changed from a star to a heart.

Also, sharing GIFs on Twitter has now been made easy and users have been given the option of deciding whether to see the best Tweets first or not.

The 140-character limit isn’t going away any time soon but you’re going to be enjoying Twitter even more with the changes that have been lined up.

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