One of Twitter’s most beloved features is set to change: The
company is planning to extend its 140-character limit to as many
as 10,000, according to a person familiar with the matter.
In a tweet on Tuesday after the news spilled out, co-founder and
CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted a screenshot of text — 1,317
characters with spaces — explaining his thinking behind the
expansion. “We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are
doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and
tweeting it,” Mr. Dorsey wrote. “Instead, what if that text… was
actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be
highlighted. That’s more utility and power.” Despite the change,
Mr. Dorsey said Twitter will “never lose that feeling” of speed,
creativity and brevity.
This sounds like what I’ve been hoping they’d do: treat longer-than-140-character posts as an attachment type, like quoted tweets, images, etc.