Twitter pretty much defined the whole micro-blogging experience by allowing users to write short updates of no more than 140 characters. In the early days this included everything from links to pictures, URLs, and quoted tweets, as of late they’ve become a little more lenient and now may be ditching the 140 character limit.
According to various reports, Twitter is looking into a way of extending the character limit on Twitter without actually effecting the way Twitter acts and looks. One of the ways this could work, according to those reports, is that longer tweets would offer a sort of “read more” link that’ll extend the tweet once users click on it. Think of it similar to the way Twitter handles larger images.
There’s also word that Twitter could omit handles and URLs from the word count, and according to Recode, Twitter is working on their own product to tweet longer messages, in a similar fashion to OneShot, but likely much more native than an image.
According to Recode, a Twitter employee said:
People have been very precious at Twitter about what Twitter can be and how much it can be evolved. Having Jack come in and say it’s okay makes all the difference in the world.
With Twitter recently removing the character limit from Direct Messages, it comes as no surprise that Twitter is looking into doing the same with tweets. Though we’re unsure exactly how that’ll be received.