The microblog’s new owner plans to increase the character limit for posting to more than 14 times, and is currently limited to 180 characters; Understand the new controversy on Twitter
Twitter may increase the character limit in posts to four thousand, a figure 14 times higher than the current limit for taps, which is 280. The information was confirmed by Elon Musk, the new owner of the social network, on Sunday ( 11), in response to a user’s tweet. The netizen asked the entrepreneur, who only answered “yes”, “Hey Elon, is it true that Twitter is configured to increase the characters from 280 to 4000?”. It is not yet known when the new feature will be implemented, nor if it will be released to all users.
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Initially, Twitter had a maximum character limit of 140 characters per post, an amount that doubled by the end of 2017. However, previous management never considered expanding to such a high character volume, as the platform is microblogging-focused on routine, short and quick prints. With the billionaire owning it, the famous “big texts” we see on Facebook could enter the Bluebird network.
This isn’t the first time this problem has arisen. At the end of November this year, a user asked Musk if it was possible to increase the character limit to 1000, with the first 280 characters shown and the rest hidden by the “show more” button. The entrepreneur responded by saying that this job is already on the social network’s “to-do list”, but he did not provide any details on the dates.
Since buying Twitter, Elon Musk has made a series of controversial changes both in the management of the company and in the social network itself: from mass layoffs to the possibility of buying a blue check. The character limit change also created a stir. Users fear that the platform will become too similar to Facebook and lose its distinctive character, as the appeal of Twitter is the brevity of its content.
One Twitter user said, “Please no 4,000 characters, that’s too much. It just makes Twitter Facebook.” Also responding to Musk, another person commented, “I hope it doesn’t end up insulting the much-appreciated brevity of tweets and the ideas/information they are meant to convey.”
With information from Elon Musk on Twitter