Life is full of limits. How many drinks you can imbibe before hitting the legal limit, how much cash you can withdraw on your debit card per day so your parents don’t see charges from the bar, how many characters you can use in a tweet on Twitter. And now one of those limits may be doing away.
Re/code is reporting that Twitter is creating a new feature that will allow you to tweet more than 140 characters. In fact, according to sources, the new limit will be 10,000 characters per tweet. If all goes according to plan, this should roll out around the end of March.
If you’re worried that your Twitter feed will start looking like Faceback when your aunt Sally is on a rampage about the rude cashier at the supermarket, don’t be. According to Re/code, “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. Clicking on the tweets would then expand them to reveal more content. The point of this is to keep the same look and feel for your timeline, although this design is not necessarily final.”
I have to say, I’m kind of excited for this. Sometimes when I want to quote a tweet and add my own comment or mention a bunch of friends, I run out of characters. Other times, the limit causes what was going to be a witty statement to be reduced a mildly funny joke. And, most importantly, 140 pizza emojis in a row is obviously not enough to adequately describe my love for its cheesy deliciousness.
On the flip side, 10,000 characters may be a bit much. Point of reference: this entire piece is 1,965 characters long. And the limit doesstop me from tweeting an epic ode to my ex and his sexual capabilities at 2:46am after a night out. So now that I think about it, maybe we should find a middle ground and cap this around 500 characters, Twitter peeps? With the space you’ll save, please for the love of God, add an edit button.