Last night Twitter shared that it’s testing an increased character length for tweets from 140 to 280 with a few users and some Twitter users who got this message basically said ‘No, Jack’, with many pointing out how many other features they really need from the social media platform, for example, an edit button:
Us: We wanna be able to edit our tweets!
Twitter: 280 characters !!!!!
— Kira Kosarin (@kirakosarin) September 27, 2017
Twitter had other plans clearly, with its Senior Software Engineer,Ikuhiro Ihara, writing on their blog:
“We understand since many of you have been Tweeting for years, there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters – we felt it, too. But we tried this, saw the power of what it will do, and fell in love with this new, still brief, constraint.”
Uhm, yeah. That’s what made it fun! Being able to play the battle of wits and get your point across in those 140 characters. That’s what makes you Twitter, Twitter.
You don’t have to use up all the characters even if this rolls out to everyone, but just knowing you have more character space will force you to. Oh man, here comes the BS :/
Tweeps took to Twitter to give it a piece of their mind:
You think #280characters is too long? Well, here’s a test. I’m writing stuff. It looks pretty long, doesn’t it? Well, I can keep going and going. Am I done yet? Nope. This is just silly. Have you stopped reading yet? I’m bored now. Yep, I can keep writing. Now I’m done. Finally.
— Pablo Elizalde (@EliGP) September 27, 2017
A group of six men can’t just wake up and decide to give us 280 characters, the will of tweeps must be respected..we shall revisit.
— aleckie ronald (@SirAlexas) September 27, 2017
— OTI 🇰🇪 (@din_moses) September 27, 2017
As soon as I see somebody with 280 characters tweet “A thread” I’m immediately calling the police
— Pickle Henry (@DeionGottaSTFU) September 27, 2017