Happening: Twitter Is Considering Expanding Tweets to 10,000 Characters

Beth Stebner
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When it comes to Twitter, the name of the game has always been short and sweet. Keep it succinct—140 characters or less, please and thank you—and the more times you can include a pop-culture-appropriate GIF in said tweet, the better. But all that might be about to change.

According to a new report from tech site Re/code, Twitter is looking to roll out a new platform that will let users post up to 10,000 characters in one go (that’s around 1,800 to 2,000 words, depending on how ace your vocabulary is).

The microblogging site, which has been around a full decade now, has been trying to find ways to increase engagement and compete with Facebook and Instagram’s story-sharing abilities.

Re/code reports that the project, aptly named “Beyond 140,” has no set launch date as of yet, meaning the character limit could change. But a source told the tech site that there’s no need to worry that your newsfeed will be overtaken by lengthy Twitter wars. Sources tell Re/code that developers are playing around with the idea of expanding tweets when you click on them, keeping your timeline looking more or less the same.

Of course this begs the question—will Twitter also launch a way to edit a massively long 10,000-character tweet if you have a typo in it? Because when Instagram didn’t have an edit tool, the struggle of reposting was very, very real.

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