Twitter is planning to double the 140 character limit on its portal to 280 characters. Today, the company from its official account tweeted that it will experiment with changing the character limit by doubling it and is trying it out with a few people initially. Twitter clearly wants to lure people into tweeting more. Aliza Rosen and Ikuhiro Ihara, the company’s product managers, noted on an official blog that “when people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people Tweeting – which is awesome!” But a lot of people on Twitter do not agree. While some of them were bitter about the change, there were many who shared funny memes. From mocking Donald Trump to raising the issue of cyberbullying, Twitterati left no stones unturned.
Initially, just a limited group of Twitter users will see their character limits increased. There is no clarity on how many people will be included in the test, or how they are selected. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone each explained the decision for the test on Twitter, in tweets that each exceeded the usual 140-character limit. However, a lot of people believe that the 140 character limit was one of the key reasons for the success of Twitter. People say that a small post gives people the chance to collect their thoughts and write exactly what’s important. A smaller post also ensures more visibility and readability. Here is a look at some of the funny tweets regarding the move:
Can’t fit your Tweet into 140 characters? ????
We’re trying something new with a small group, and increasing the character limit to 280! Excited about the possibilities? Read our blog to find out how it all adds up. ????http://t.co/C6hjsB9nbL
— Twitter (@Twitter) September 26, 2017
Exactly what a platform with a bullying problem needs… the ability to say more. #280characters
— Jeff Dwoskin (@bigmacher) September 26, 2017
Twitter (140 characters): “Hey guys, I’m Vijay”
Twitter (280 characters): “Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, poora naam. Baap ka naam Dinanath Chauhan. Maa ka naam Suhasini Chauhan. Gaon Mandwa. Umar 36 saal, 9 mahina, 8 din, aye aur yeh solva ghanta chaalu hai.”
— Akshar (@AksharPathak) September 27, 2017
If there’s one thing Lost taught us it’s that you can’t fix a broken, chaotic mess by doubling the amount of characters #280Characters
— Gav (@miracleofsound) September 26, 2017
Close your eyes.
Imagine Trump using Twitter.
Now imagine Trump using Twitter with 280 characters.
Now close Twitter.
— M.G. Siegler (@mgsiegler) September 26, 2017
— deray mckesson (@deray) September 27, 2017
139 characters pic.twitter.com/WkfdXL8oLh
— Caitlin Kelly (@caitlin__kelly) September 26, 2017
The announcement has clearly polarised Twitter users, with some arguing that Twitter should have done more important things like getting an editing tool or a clampdown on cyberbullying. However, the executives appear to be convinced that increasing the character limit on Twitter will help lure in a larger audience. Sadly, the existing users, are not.