Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rest easy Twitter fandom, longer Tweets are coming soon!

By: Cole Buergi, Leonard & Finco Public Relations

Yes, you read that correctly and, no, it’s not me purposely trying to stay under the 140 character limit in the headline. This is a blog, not a Tweet.

Reports are that Twitter will stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages. That means you can now really say what you want to say, that is in 140 characters or less. 

Currently, links take up 23 characters after Twitter shortens them automatically. Freeing up 23 characters for your thoughts instead of links may not sound like a lot, but in the world of tweets where brevity is king, it definitely would be a major change.

This comes after Twitter was contemplating raising the character limit to 10,000. Thankfully, wiser minds prevailed. It’s hard enough to keep track of the all the tweets scrolling down the page. Imagine if each one was the length of a novel. Ok, 10,000 characters doesn’t qualify for novel length, but you get the picture.

The major benefit I see to this change is in the business world where brevity is sometimes hard to achieve. This will make things a bit easier. 

What do you think of the pending change? Will 23 more characters make much difference for you?

P.S. This blog is only 1,314 characters. Could you imagine tweets nearing 10,000? Yikes!

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