Twitter dropped a bombshell Tuesday, announcing a global test for some users that expands the character count on tweets from 140 to 280.
In a blog post announcement, Twitter Product Manager Aliza Rosen said, “We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean).
Although this is only available to a small group right now, we want to be transparent about why we are excited to try this.”
So, we want to know what YOU think about the possible doubling of tweets’ character counts in the comments section below.
Do you have an emotional attachment to the 140 character count?
Or would you be excited to be able to tweet more substance?
How do you think this will affect the platform in general? Positive, negative?
And, not surprisingly, reactions are coming fast and furious on Twitter about the proposed change. Some positive, more negative and, of course, plenty of jokes.
— Brittnee (@brittneeroyer) September 28, 2017
— Keith Farnsworth (@fantasy_keith) September 27, 2017
— LALO DAGACH (@LaloDagach) September 28, 2017
— Austin (@AustinCTweets) September 27, 2017
— Brian Barone (@brianrbarone) September 26, 2017
Chatting with our CEO, Mike Kawula this morning, he stated he prefers shorter tweets but this change would not have a major impact on the platform one way or the other.
Instead, he would prefer to see more significant changes that would positively affect the user experience. Specifically, he’d like to see a continued emphasis on live streaming video on Twitter.
The strength of Twitter is commentary on what’s happening now and, in Mike’s opinion, live video and TV is the best way to embrace that.
So over to you. We want to know what you think about #280characters.
But even more so, we’d like to hear what other changes you’d like to see on the platform. What do you think would improve the experience on Twitter?
David Taylor shared his thoughts in a tweet:
Instead of #280characters I’d take:
-AN EDIT BUTTON
-More than four pics
-More than four poll choices
-Pics with polls
-Pics with retweets
— David Taylor (@DT2ComicsChat) September 27, 2017
Let us know in the comments section below your thoughts on #280characters and what other changes you’d like to see moving forward…