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Twitter’s 140 character limit to end on Sept 19

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Often many have believed that there’s an ineffable clarity in brevity. In this modern digital world that’s defined by Twitter and its 140 character limit. Scratch that because on September 19, that limit is set to increase. That being said, it is not going to be a major increase, but a rather subtle tweak for the sake of those who’re unable to include things like images, GIFs, weblink, polls and other paraphernalia which also gets counted in the 140 character limit.

This is not a sudden decision, but a decision that was announced months ago in May. This is extra leeway is set to allow users more flexibility in composing their messages and I know for a fact, that my life as a daily twitter user will less complicated and I’ll not need to bang my head against the wall as I figure out which word to delete as I compose a tweet with an image, link and text.

Another thing that’s not being counted as a part of tweets are the usernames, which will further simplify the experience. Essentially, this is not about curtailing the clarity of brevity, but on rather, further simplifying twitter to users who’re coming from social networks like Facebook.

“This is the most notable change we’ve made in recent times around conversation in particular, and around giving people the full expressiveness of the 140 characters,” CEO Jack Dorsey told The Verge in May “I’m excited to see even more dialog because of this.”

While this is happening, it is not known if Twitter will enable all the changes in one go simultaneously or will there be staggered roll out of these changes.

Earlier, Twitter had even contemplated dabbling with more longform content in way that Facebook does. Facebook has seen astronomical growth while Twitter has been left behind in the dust. Despite this being the case, Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder and CEO believes the 140 character limit to be a ‘beautiful constraint’.

Thankfully, the big takeaway is that Twitter will have its voice despite these changes and it will not turn into a Facebook clone, because seriously, who needs another Facebook clone?


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