Dorsey: Twitter sticking with 140 character limit

Dorsey: Twitter sticking with 140 character limit
The new year wasn't even a week old when we told you about a project inside Twitter reportedly called "Beyond 140." If you have employed Twitter, even just a couple of times, that initiative probably doesn't require clarification. Beyond 140 was going to allow users to tweet as many as 10,000 characters at a time. Currently, Twitter users can send tweets limited to 140 characters, and Direct Messages containing 10,000.

This morning, on NBC's Today Show, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed that the messaging app is going to stick with the 140 character limit. During the telecast Dorsey said, "It’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us, and… it allows for of-the-moment brevity."

Dorsey also discussed censorship during the interview, stating that Twitter members (which now total 320 million) "have the freedom to express themselves." He did say that tweets promoting violence are against the app's ToS.

Check out Dorsey's comments about keeping the character limit by clicking on the video below.

source: Today via BGR



1. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

That's why I rarely return to Twitter. They're instad limiting their userbase with that 140 characters limit. Fustrating for me to fully express my point in a tweet!

7. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

180 would be perfect. it should bump up to that level for consistency.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, around 1,000 character limit would've made much more sense than 10,000. With 10k, people would've started blogging on Twitter! Oh well, it doesn't matter to me... I use Twitter as a News feed... And the SMS notifications are a blessing!

3. gmacek

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

nice job adding two videos to the article and having them both auto start!

4. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Have got a twitter account for a long time, but never really understand why people use it. I haven't found anything that Twitter can do that Facebook can't. I only use Twitter account for contests and to contact some individuals or customer supports that can only be reached via Twitter.

5. Unordinary unregistered

That's fine. My jailbreak breaks that limit

6. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Techie couldn't handle that for sure.

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