Burj Khalifa-style posts will spell Twitter’s doom

140 characters. Dorsey wants Twitter to spread its wings Image via Pixabay
Dorsey wants Twitter to spread its wings Image via Pixabay

I need more than 140 characters to tell the story of how Twitter is evolving.

That’s 77 right there and I haven’t even got to the meat of the story. Which is that the blue bird might suddenly be morphing in-to a much larger, denser aggregation of verbosity, each one a Burj Khalifa of a post, thousands of words long. Much like Face-book or Quora.

Brevity isn’t the soul of anything anymore, not even Twitter.

After 10 years, Twitter looks set to expand the length of its messages to reach new users, the AP reports.

CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey telegraphed Twitter’s intentions in a tweet posted on Tuesday after the technology news site Re/Code reported the company is exploring increasing its limits on text from 140 characters to as many as 10,000.

Yes, that isn’t a typo. 10,000. We’ll pause here for a second to let that sink in.

Twitter for screenshots 

Dorsey didn’t directly address the Re/Code report that cited unnamed people, but he made it clear that Twitter isn’t wedded to the 140-character limit. He illustrated his point by posting a screenshot of a text consisting of 1,325 characters, the AP said.

He wrote that Twitter has already noticed that tweeps many of its roughly 300 million users already have been including screen-shots of lengthy texts in their tweets.

But he said the site wants to give people more room to express themselves without polluting the service. Imposing some restraint “inspires creativity and brevity. And a sense of speed. We will never lose that feeling,” Dorsey pledged.

Somehow, I’m not convinced. I head to Twitter to find out, with a quick scroll or two, what’s going on in the rest of shiny Dubai and beyond. I’m not one of those people who clicks on every link, because then I end up somewhere I didn’t want to be, and what’s the point of that?

No. If I’m going to have to wade through reams and reams of loose-lipped text, well, I’m going to be scouring the farthest corners of the App Store for a new service. I suspect that I won’t be alone.

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Could it be death to the blue bird? Dorsey appears to be having a Godfather-style moment!
Could it be death to the blue bird? Dorsey appears to be having a Godfather-style moment!
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