Twitter May Push Tweet Character Limit to 10,000
Twitter is planning to expand the scale of tweets far beyond the traditional 140-character limit, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company might permit regular tweets to reach 10,000 characters, which would match the current limit on the number of characters allowed within direct messages. Tweets would still be capped to the 140-character limit when viewed online and in mobile apps, says an unnamed source cited by the Journal, but users would be able to view the full-length tweet by clicking to expand the text. The service will still inform users when they've reached the maximum number of viewable characters. The change is expected to arrive by March, although Twitter did not comment on the Journal's report.
Twitter @Replies No Longer Count Toward 140-Character Limit
Twitter today improved its service a little bit by cutting @replies from the character limit. Moving forward, when people reply to an individual or to a group, the @username(s) will not count toward the Tweet's 140 characters.
Twitter Unravels Thread Feature
Twitter today made it easier to publish tweet storms, or threads. The use of threads, a way to string together a series of tweets to tell a longer story, has risen in popularity over the last few years.
Twitter Makes Privately Sharing Tweets Easier
Twitter is adding a new button to its Android and iOS apps today that makes it simple to send tweets directly to other users. The tool is meant to help take public content private, so it can be shared and discussed with individuals in direct messages.
All Twitter Users Gain Access to 280-Character Tweets
Twitter today made it possible for all users of the platform to compose and publish tweets as long as 280 characters. Since its 2006 launch, Twitter has limited posts to 140 characters, though over the years it has made it possible to add content such as links, photos, and hashtags without chewing up the character count.