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October 1, 2016

Twitter Opts to Keep 140-Character Limit

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Twitter Opts to Keep 140-Character Limit

The social networking giant has sided with its Twitter loyalists. It will keep Twitter’s 140-character limit in place.

About two months ago, some of Twitter’s most loyal users were in an uproar after news surfaced of possible changes that would lengthen the character limit on Twitter and allow for longer tweets. But Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive of Twitter, calmed those concerns last Friday by confirming that the company will keep its tweets at 140 characters, the mainstay of Twitter since it was founded 10 years ago.

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“It’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us,” Dorsey said on the “Today” show Friday. “It allows for of-the-moment brevity.”

Twitter boasts 320 million regular users. That said, the company’s growth has slowed over the last few years, and Twitter has been facing mounting pressure to find ways to draw more people into its network. The Tweet length was among the changes it considered at the time to try to court more users.

Nevertheless, Dorsey says while the Twitter character length will stay the same, Twitter is in-store for some coming changes, although he wouldn’t elaborate more.

“We’re changing a lot,” Dorsey says. “We’re always going to make Twitter better.”

Source: “Twitter Rules Out Long Tweets, Sticking to 140-Character Limit,” The New York Times (March 18, 2016)