Twitter mulling posts with more than 140 characters

Twitter logoTwitter and some of its most enterprising users have found simple ways to get around the service's major limit of 140 characters per post, whether by enabling full-Tweet embeds, offering username tags within photos, or making it easier to read images loaded with text. But according to a Tuesday report by Re/code, the 140-character wall itself may soon crumble.

Citing "multiple people familiar with the company's plans," Re/code hinted at "a new product" that would allow Twitter users to exceed the default post length. However, the report didn't clarify whether that would be in the form of a brand new app or some other option, and it was anchored with a warning that "the long-form feature may never make it to consumers."

That may be because the company is also internally mulling ways to retain the 140-character limit while removing other text bottlenecks. According to Re/code, elements such as links and usernames might no longer count toward post lengths.

One could easily assume that Twitter is considering all matter of major service shakeups in light of quarterly financial reports like the service's dud of a Q1 2015, not to mention Twitter's March 2015 declaration that it had lost $1.57 billion since 2010.

Source: Ars Technica

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