Micro-blogging social media site, Twitter, is rumoured to extend its character limit from 140 to 10,000.
Technology website, Re/code, reported Twitter could be building a new feature to allow tweets to carry text of up to 10,000 characters.
Re/code claims the new feature will roll out by the end of first quarter, however no official date has been set by Twitter.
Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey took to the site itself to confront the circulating stories.
Dorsey explains that the rationale behind the new feature, if there were to be one, is that many users already take screen shots of text and attach them to a tweet as images to circumvent the character limit.
— Jack (@jack) January 5, 2016
In his post, Dorsey explains that Twitter’s character limit was originally created so the site could be compatible with a single SMS text message, which is typically 160 characters in length.
However Twitter’s character limit has become key to its brand – a fast, sharp way to send thoughts and information.
“It’s become a beautiful constraint, and I love it!” writes Dorsey.
An inside source has disclosed to SBS that the Re/code report is “not too far from the truth” but should be taken with “a grain of salt”.
If the character limit is extended, he says it won’t change the look of Twitter site or mobile app.
“Tweets won’t look any different at all.”
Public reactions on Twitter have ranged from tepid to panic stricken.
WHAT IS THIS? GAME OF THRONES? Because that show has TOO MANY CHARACTERS. 杭州桑拿,杭州夜生活,/QNOyYG82so
— mat whitehead (@matwhi) January 5, 2016Can’t believe Twitter is considering introducing a 10,000 character limit, I’m sure if they actually spoke to their users they’d find (1/87)
— Eddie Robson (@EddieRobson) January 5, 2016Twitter isn’t raising the 140-character limit. It’s building a wall: 杭州桑拿,杭州夜生活,/zH21u6GX7Jpic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/TJjnQ3VMzk
— Slate (@Slate) January 5, 2016Would gladly join a schismatic movement of Twitter traditionalists who treat the 140-character limitation like the Latin Mass.
— a. o. scott (@aoscott) January 5, 2016