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Twitter announces plan to increase tweet length limit

9:19 AM, March 16th, 2011

saw this online today, thought I'd share...

140-character restriction is too limiting
March 16th, 2011

Twitter Inc. (Based in San Francisco, CA; not publicly traded) announced Wednesday that the current 140-character length limit of its short messaging service would be increased.

"We've found that there is a great deal you can say in just one hundred forty characters," Jack Dorsey, one of the founders of Twitter, stated in a press conference this morning. "But there is also a great deal you can not say. So today we are announcing a plan to increase the limit to one hundred forty one characters."

"With 177 million tweets sent a day, an increase to 141 characters represents a significant investment of hardware on our end. It represents sixty (60) additional gigabytes of required storage per year." That's about equivalent to about 30,000 books, Dorsey estimated.

Many critics approved of the change. "I've always found Twitter to be a study in brevity," said Professor of English Studies James G. Snodgrass at Oxford University. "This length increase will cut down on the short form and allow people to spell words properly and express themselves clearly."

However, not all critics were satisfied. "It's not enough!" insisted dentist Mary H. Scrumple. "We've been asking for 145 characters for years. Isn't it time Twitter delivered?" Scrumple's sentiments were echoed by her peers in the dentistry community, many of whom disagree with Twitter's unjust 140-character limit.

Regular and heavy Twitter users alike are embracing the change. "I recently had to end a tweet without a period because I ran out of space," heavy tweeter Bram K. Largonester told us via Twitter. "With this upgrade, I can finally add that missing period or excla" Unfortunately, Largonester's tweet ended there, but his meaning is clear.

Dorsey revealed that the upgrade is scheduled to roll out starting in the third quarter of 2011, "Probably sometime around October." When asked about the possibility of a second increase to 142 characters or even more, Dorsey refused to comment, only shaking his head and making the "money" gesture with his thumb and forefinger.


Adrian 7:37 PM, July 17th, 2011

haha where did you find this? Very funny!

Avatar-X 12:31 PM, July 18th, 2011

Hehe I was bored one day so I wrote it

Solomon Yoon 1:43 AM, March 23rd, 2013

I prefer 500, like YouTube comments. It's plenty but not too long.

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