Twitter To Extend Its Character Limit Beyond 140

And some users are not down with it, to put it mildly.

Social media is like infrastructure: users resist change to Twitter or Facebook like they might dread the back-ups when a highway or a bridge goes under construction. So when Twitter founder Jack Dorsey (@jack) Tweeted today that the character limit for Tweets would be extended from 140 to 10,000 — yes, ten thousand characters — users gave a collective shrug. Like, it’s been real, y’all, but Twitter will be unusable pretty soon.


For those who already feel like Twitter is a bad habit at best and a pressured obligation at worst, the news isn’t all bad.



Change can be scary, we know. But, contrary to some complaints stirring up the hivemind, Twitter proponents and independent tech journalists alike attempted to reassure users that all was not lost. According to Re/code social media correspondent Kurt Wagner, posts exceeding a certain character count will simply allow users the option to expand the post to read it in full, ideally without cluttering their feeds.



Meanwhile, Gizmodo prescribed a chill pill to soothe users’ angst rash, pointing out in a post that, for now, Twitter will be maintaining its 140-character limit. Apparently the potential overhaul is meant to mirror Twitter’s recent implementation of a 10,000 character limit for Direct Messages, which had previously been limited to 140 characters just like Tweets. Which was super annoying when you wanted to chat with a fellow user at length and in private.

On that note, maybe it won’t be so bad if Twitter does in fact go from microblogging to regular ol’ blogging. Buzzfeed’s Executive Editor of Culture, Saeed Jones, just correctly predicted the next great Internet paradigm shift.

More from Tech

Complaining today is much easier than it used to be. Lost luggage, bad service, extra charges, broken products — you used to have to put a letter in the ...
It's Google's 18th birthday which means it can finally see all the porn it serves up
Tonight marks the first of three presidential debates between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Because of the debate's close proximity to New...
GENERATION STARTUP presents Women In Tech, an episode of an exclusive web series with footage left on the cutting room floor. The feature documentary ...
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) developed a phone app that will assist you in recording and reporting police conduct. The app, Mobile Justice, ...
If you aren't registered to vote, don't panic. As a matter of fact, thanks to Snapchat, you can now do it in just one minute, reports Time. The social-...
You may start to notice your Uber drivers snapping a lot of selfies, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you're riding with an Instagram addict. Your ...
(Paid Content) Refinery29 is now on Versy, a messaging and content-sharing app made for busy people like us
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel announced that the company has developed new video-enabled sunglasses, called Spectacles, and will subsequently be rebranding ...
You're at 20,000 feet, and you realize your flight doesn’t have WiFi — which wouldn't be a big deal, except you forgot your book at home, and none of your ...
It's a sad but true fact that a bad commute — one where you just miss the bus or subway — has the power to ruin your day. More often than not, these near...
When you think of playing a video game, what comes to mind? Is it a raucous game of Wii Bowling when you were in college? Hours spent on your Game Boy ...
If you're a Yahoo user (or ever have been), you'll want to change your password ASAP — and not just on that Yahoo account. Today, the company confirmed ...
There are two types of people in this world: the zero-inbox purists, and the ones with hundreds (or even thousands) of unread messages in their inbox. ...