Twitter may move “Beyond 140” within the first quarter of 2016, bringing on 10,000-character Tweets before the end of March. Word comes several months after the first whispers of such an expansion back in September, where the size of Tweets was first mentioned to be growing to the size of Direct Messages in Twitter. Happily it would seem that this limit may be joined by a “Read More” button, but still – keep it simple, stupid, does not seem to be in effect.
Twitter will be attempting to add the availability of more content to your Twitter stream without disrupting the way you browse now. This means that, while you’ll be able to see more in each Tweet, you’ll still see basically the same stream you see now – each shortened Tweet will have a button that allows you to expand.
Word of this expansion comes from Re/code where they cite several anonymous sources familiar with the situation.
Word is that the expanded limit will be done extremely carefully – you don’t just change the most basic tenant of your digital service without some blowback.
What do you think about the possibility of expanding the character limit in Twitter? Do you want longer Tweets?
Or do you think expanding beyond 140 characters would be a not-so-great idea?