Twitter has finally announced plans to make a significant change to the way its user’s Tweet- altering its character count, to be specific – which will allow Twitter users increased freedom to create longer messages.
The social media channel has said that the change could be in place in as little as two weeks’ time, although this is yet to be confirmed. At present, links use up a total of 23 characters, this is regardless of whether you use a shortening tool, such as Bitly, or not. Also, Twitter will shorten the link when you post the Tweet, but the character count remains the same.
The move would certainly please many of its users, who are often left frustrated at trying to find that elusive last character from somewhere (we’ve all been there!). Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey stated back in January this year that the company was looking for fresh ways to display text on the platform and therefore would be testing the water with ideas based around how people use the service.
A little-known fact these days is the actual origin of the 140-character limit on Twitter. It was set in place originally as a way to send Tweets that had all the information condensed into a mobile text message. This was around a decade ago, so many people won’t remember this and we’re showing our age now!
There were noises being made around the idea that the limit could be 10,000 characters. But this was put to bed quickly, as it was seen to take away the ideals of what Twitter offers.
So, for now, we’ll have to wait and see, but Media Lounge’s Magento agency staff will be keeping a very keen eye on this as it unfolds!