Brevity is the soul of wit, said William Shakespeare. So when news broke that Twitter is working on a new product that will allow users to share tweets longer than 140 characters, tweeps speculated that the future of the micro-blogging site may be in jeopardy.
The announcement was met with disbelief, relief and derision in equal parts. Some tweeters even predicted that the site will begin to look like Facebook if longer tweets are allowed. Or worse, MySpace.
If @Twitter does remove the 140 character limit, it will simply turn into a Facebook. Charm lost.— Mihir Bijur (@MihirBijur) September 29, 2015
The 140-character limit has always been a bummer for users who claimed it cramped their style while responding to debates and arguments online. So it's understandable that some of these tweeps have plans. And then some, as is routine with the site, are simply having a good laugh.
twitter might remove the 140 character limit so i'm putting some 800 word tweets with character development & plot twists in my drafts— Desus Nice (@desusnice) September 30, 2015
Twitter increasing the 140 character limit? You know what that means right? Long political tweets early morning, are coming. 😰😰😰😰— a definite maybe (@pranavsapra) September 30, 2015
There are reports that Twitter is planning to go beyond its 140-character limit. This would be a mistake for the following reasons: Firstly,— Carl Maxim (@carlmaxim) September 29, 2015
Apparently Twitter dropping 140 character limit.
Good news: Longer zaunisms
Bad news: Paragraphs will start to appear in your timelines— SpawtsChat (@legitsportstalk) September 29, 2015
The only thing holding me back from Twitter fame is the 140 character limit, give me 160 maybe 170 characters and your TL would be lit 24/7— Nate Getz (@NateGetzPaper20) September 23, 2015
Shakespeare: Brevity is the soul of wit.
Twitter: I have a boyfriend.— Swamy (@slimswamy) September 30, 2015
Twitter, brevity is all you have. Change that and you're MySpace.— Deanna Raybourn (@deannaraybourn) September 29, 2015
If Twitter's going past 140 characters, let me first say I think this is a terrible mistake. For starters, brevity is key. When I (1/234)— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) September 29, 2015
Twitter going beyond 140 characters limit is such a good news! Now, we can tag more people in Good Morning messages! Jai mata di! Lets Rock!— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) September 30, 2015
Twitter is removing 140 characters limit. Modi ji is first PM under whose rule this will happen.— Arnab G (@justicearnab) September 30, 2015
The only reason I need more than 140 characters is to outrage about how Twitter is going to allow more than 140 characters per tweet.— Sapan Verma (@sapanv) September 29, 2015
lol @ twitter increasing the word limit on a tweet because what sort of fool cannot express a thought in less than 140 cha— Overrated Outcast (@over_rated) September 29, 2015
I'm okay with twitter extending the 140 character limit as long as no one informs Subramanian Swamy and Richard Dawkins of the changes.— Siddharth Singh (@siddharth3) September 29, 2015
Twitter: We are going beyond 140
Indian Roads: Don't expect any help from our side.— Bhak Sala (@bhak_sala) September 29, 2015
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It's like Twitter has chosen 140 characters as the perfect length in which you can wind someone up and be misunderstood without context.— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) September 29, 2015