Twit­ter's 140-char­ac­ter limit to stay: CEO Jack Dorsey

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

If you thought you will be able to con­vey more to your friends and pol­i­cy­mak­ers on Twit­ter soon, hold on. Ac­cord­ing to the mi­cro-blog­ging site, there is still time for you to tweet in 10,000 char­ac­ters and its orig­i­nal 140char­ac­ter limit is here to stay.

Ap­pear­ing on a TV show, Twit­ter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the 140char­ac­ter limit is "a beau­ti­ful con­straint" and that Twit­ter "will never lose that feel­ing".

"It's (140-char­ac­ters) stay­ing. It's a good con­straint for us, and it al­lows for of-the-mo­ment brevity... We're chang­ing a lot. We're al­ways go­ing to make Twit­ter bet­ter," he was quoted as say­ing in a Tech Crunch re­port on Satur­day. Ear­lier in Jan­uary, me­dia re­ports said that Twit­ter is build­ing a new fea­ture that will al­low users to tweet longer than its tra­di­tional 140char­ac­ter limit. The com­pany is cur­rently con­sid­er­ing a 10,000-char­ac­ter limit, re­code.net re­ported, adding that Twit­ter may launch this fea­ture to­ward the end of the first quar­ter.

This is the char­ac­ter limit the com­pany uses for its Di­rect Mes­sages prod­uct. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, it is also pos­si­ble that the 10,000-char­ac­ter fea­ture may change be­fore it is fi­nally rolled out.

"Twit­ter is cur­rently test­ing a ver­sion of the prod­uct in which tweets ap­pear the same way they do now, dis­play­ing just 140 char­ac­ters, with some kind of call to ac­tion that there is more con­tent you can't see," re­code.net said, quot­ing sources.

Click­ing on the tweets will then ex­pand them to re­veal more con­tent.

The 140-char­ac­ter limit has been around as long as Twit­ter has and has be­come part of the prod­uct's per­son­al­ity. Twit­ter is also work­ing on the idea of chang­ing its re­verse chrono­log­i­cal time­line. The mi­cro-blog­ging site is ex­per­i­ment­ing with a Face­book-type way of sort­ing your time­line where tweets are sorted by rel­e­vance and not in re­verse chrono­log­i­cal or­der as it hap­pens now. Ac­cord­ing to moth­er­board.vice.com, Twit­ter is work­ing with al­go­rithms sim­i­lar to the ones Face­book uses to or­der items on your news feed.

"This is an ex­per­i­ment. We're con­tin­u­ing to ex­plore ways to sur­face the best con­tent for peo­ple us­ing Twit­ter," a com­pany spokes­woman was quoted as say­ing. Twit­ter has been hint­ing to­wards an al­go­rith­mic­driven news feed for more than a year.The test is part of Dorsey's prom­ise for bold changes to Twit­ter to help get it out of its slow growth.

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