Twitter is planning to come up with a new feature that will allow tweets to be written in more than its usual 140-character limit.
The company is looking to launch this feature at the end of Q1, multiple sources said. The character limit will be upped to 10,000 characters, the same used for Direct Messages. Re/Code reports that there could be a possible change in character limit before the feature is finally rolled out.
Tweets more than 140 characters will be able to be viewed by clicking and expanding the text. As a way to encourage users to maintain concision, users will be alerted when they cross the traditional 140 character limit.
In a screenshot, CEO Jack Dorsey explained the reason for coming up with the new feature. “We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it,” he wrote. “Instead, what if that text…was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.”
Twitter increased the character limit of private messages from 140 to 10,000 in July.
One source said that expanding content or incorporating larger pictures has resulted in diminished user engagement. Coming up with the new feature could imply that Dorsey is looking to expand the user base. The Wall Street Journal reports that some users have desired increasing the character limit for some time. Some users have created what are called tweetstorms, posting a series of tweets by replying to them in succession. A few users have also been known to post pictures of longer text.
You can read Dorsey’s tweet in full below.
— jack (@jack) January 5, 2016