Twitter could be about to extend character limit from 140 to 10,000
TWITTER CEO Jack Dorsey has admitted that the company is looking into the possibility of tweets of up to 10,000 characters.The golden rule of the social network has always been its 140-character limit, but the company has still to prove its value to investors, and users are deserting the site in droves, so it seems that a rethink is in order.There is no official response from Twitter, but Dorsey said in a lengthy jpeg posted on Twitter: "What makes Twitter Twitter is its fast, public live conversational nature. We will always work to strengthen that."We're not going to be shy about building more utility and power into Twitter for people. As long as it's consistent with what people want to do, we're going to explore it."Dorsey's technique of screenshotting a longer message is common for people who want to rant, but they don't become a searchable part of the Twitter conversation because they are a shown as a single image. Adding more characters, perhaps with only the first 140 shown, would make these longer messages a full part of the Twitter experience.Other techniques have been tried in the past, such as TwitLonger, but these involve going offsite and, as any webmaster will tell you, that's the last thing Twitter wants.The future of Twitter presents a serious conundrum. Removing the 140-character limit would take away exactly what differentiates it from other social networks, but just as with hashtags the screenshot technique has been driven by user preference, and the company has integrated these grass roots features.The pressure was on after Twitter's IPO to find a way to make a profit out of the company, something that it is yet to achievewhile Facebook has made over half a billion.As such, the only way to keep the appeal of the service going is to look at user behaviour and act on it, and if that means 10,000 characters, then that could be what it has to do.