Twitter has been known as a place to post something brief and to the point in 140 characters or less. However, that could be about to change. In a post published on Tuesday on the official Twitter blog, the social network announced that they are trialling a new limit of 280 characters (which is twice the current limit of 140 characters).
Currently they are testing this out with a small group of users.
On one hand it will give content creators a bit more breathing room in terms of promoting their work.
Are there any downsides to this? Don’t get me wrong I am all for increasing the character limit. However, I think that this could be a risky move. You see, because of Twitter, we’ve become accustomed to reading shorter postings on our social networks of choice. As such some people might end up just skipping right past these longer tweets because they are too long for their liking.
Additionally I think that this might be a risk for Twitter. This is because the 140-character limit is one of the few things that made it unique and part of the reason that Twitter became the success that it is today.
According to the blog post, 9% of english tweets run up against the 140 character limit. Let’s put that into perspective. We are sending out thousands of tweets a second. That’s hundreds of thousands of tweets every minute. That’s still a lot of tweets that run up against the 140 character limit.
Again, a small group of users are currently trying this feature out. As such we’ll find out soon enough how many people actually run into that limit.
With that said, if the 280 character limit is rolled out to everyone, it will also be interesting to see if people take advantage of it (instead of just keeping their tweets to less than 140 characters).
Personally I would rather spread a message across two tweets(or more) as opposed to writing up a longer tweet.
What do you think of this proposed increasing of Twitter’s character limit? Let me know in the comments!