Is Twitter’s Proposed 10k-Character Limit a Good Idea?

Is Twitter’s Proposed 10k-Character Limit a Good Idea?

New-Twitter-Logo

The big Twitter news, beside the possibility of being banned in Turkey, was that the 140-character limit may go extinct.

First reported by Re/Code, the news comes as Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, continues to figure out how to make Twitter profitable.

Instead of a 140-character limit, Tweets will have a 10,000 character-limit.

And of course Twitter reacted the way Twitter always does; with an overreaction.

Join the fun. Search for #Twitter10k.

 

Apparently Twitter has a new logo.

 

As you can see, anger is at its typical Twitter level.

 

My personal favorite.

 

 

But is this (potential) Twitter change really that big of a deal?

 

Yes (but mostly no). Here are a few (possible) consequences.

 

A “Read More” Option

If this change occurs, the heart-and-soul of Twitter won’t change. Twitter has always been about brevity and creativity. 140 characters forces users to pick their words carefully; and sometimes make them up (see: BAE & NSFW).

But Tweets won’t suddenly be long-winded ramblings. Instead, a “read more” option will be implemented.

Tweets will stick to their 140 character roots, and give readers an option to “expand” the tweet. And if the first 140 don’t interest them, they’ll just keep on scrolling.

 

Even More Clickbait

File this under “annoying,” but not necessarily “bad.”

This 10k change is being considered more for advertisers, than it is for users. Many advertisers find the 140-character limit too, well… limiting.

Brevity and creativity are not something many businesses can accomplish. Instead, they prefer multi-sentence sales-pitches, and long-winded promotional copy. The best social media marketers may not have this issue, but those slower to adapt to digital marketing, have trouble.

Insert more clickbait.

We’ve all seen them, and we’ve all been tricked.

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Advertisers will stop trying to sell you something creatively; instead, they’ll use more clickbait, encouraging you to click “read more” on their Tweet.

 

Twitter Users (kinda) Asked for It

I can’t imagine anyone tweeted CEO Jack Dorsey, asking for more characters. But what Twitter did notice was an increase in tweets with screenshots of longer text messages.

It’s clear some users have more to say, and need a way to fit it all in a single tweet.

For those verbose Twitter users, the option to say everything they want, in a single tweet, would be a nice addition.

The only alternative is to send out multiple tweets, in rapid-fire succession, that pick up right where the last tweet ended. This is already more annoying than a possible “read more” icon.

 

The Biggest Twitter Complaint Still Wasn’t Addressed

Spend half-a-minute looking through all the #Twitter10k tweets, and you’ll notice one, consistent trend. There’s still no edit option for tweets.

Twitter users aren’t looking to say more; instead, they just want the ability to edit tweets. A way to fix a typo, or alter a URL mistake.

Twitter announcing this potential change illustrates it isn’t listening to users; instead, focusing on advertiser’s demands.

Which, as a business, isn’t always a bad thing.

But, as many social media platforms are discovering, their popularity came from the unique experience they provided regular people. It wasn’t until they tried to appease advertisers, that people start moving away.

Go ahead and ask a millennial how much time they spend on Facebook.

The success of a business often depends on its ability to gain repeat customers; which is cheaper than acquiring new ones.

 

 

It’s no guarantee that Twitter will implement this change, as multiple possible changes have been suggested by the company. But if these do occur, it’ll be a sign that Twitter is more concerned with appealing to stockholders, than to users.

Will this change cause people to find an alternative social media platform? Let me know what you think, in the comment section of this blog.

 

This blog was originally posted on “A Working Progress” @ BecauseYouGoogledMe.com

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SHARE if You LIKE – My Libido is Confused

 

In today’s edition of SHARE if You LIKE, the least celebrated curation of topics the internet is already bored with, we’re talking about:

  • A sexually confusing gif of Emma Watson and Sofia Vergara
  • A porn adaptation cleverly titled ‘Sex-Factor’
  • ‘Gaytality’ being a thing
  • And SKITTLES!!!

So sit up, get hyped, and enjoy the most randomly amusing, out-of-context crap from across the interwebs.

 

This Fascinating And Horrifying Emma Watson GIF Will Never Make Sense

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My libido is confused…

 

 Gif of the Day: GoPro Parkour Jump

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“Tank, load the jump program.”

 

‘Simpsons’ to Launch on FXX With 12-Day Marathon

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FXX will air all 552 “The Simpson’s” episodes as a marathon.

 

Outed Duke Porn Star Belle Knox is Going to Judge the Porn Version of ‘The X-Factor’

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The X-Factor just become pants-optionable

 

7 Priceless Items People Sold on eBay

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The Hollywood sign is probably sitting on someone’s front lawn.

 

Ultimate Gay Fighter to change name in response to legal tangle

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“Finish Him” with a ‘Gaytality’ in Ultimate Gay Fighter… no more?

 

 The art of Limpfish

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A picture worth a thousand dollars

 

SKITTLES!!!!

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SKITTLES!!!!

 

Court Reporter Types ‘I Hate My Job’ Over And Over A la ‘The Shining’, Gets Fired Thirty Cases Later

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“All work and no play make Jack hate his job.”

 

How to Win at 5 Classic Board Games

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PRO TIP: Staying in jail as long as possible is the key to getting rich.

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Fun with Photoshop – Oscars Selfie Edition

I must admit, my Photoshop skills need some work. And, according to all the meetings I attend, “admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery.”

I’m kidding. I don’t attend meetings. Who has time with so many Happy Hours.

Anyhow, where was I? Ah, yes. Practice.

What I’ve done is far from a masterpiece. But it is something I haven’t seen across the interwebs yet. Some of these are pretty basic. Others, just plain terrible. But as a whole, at the very least, they’re all “meh…”

Enjoy!

Selfie Game Level: Expert

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“You will love us. You will pay to see our movies. You will obey.”

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That Julia Roberts mask is awfully life-like.

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How to explain Twitter to an alien, in one picture or less.

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The Gang Takes Spring Beak in Cancun

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The Gang Experience Romance at the Eiffel Tower

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The Gang Visit the Great Wall of China

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The Gang Travel to the Moon.

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The Gang Do Some Sightseeing.

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It took me 42 hours, but I finally finished drawing my masterpiece

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In 100 years, someone will ask, “who the eff is that guy?”

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