Twitter Should Increase Its Character Limit

I love Twitter and want to see the service grow in the future. Twitter began as a simple service that over the years has ballooned into a major Internet destination. Its original intent was pure and simple: 140-character posts that were meant to be short and to the point.

I think that Twitter needs to increase the character limit from 140 characters to something higher. I’ve personally think that a better limit would fall around 200 characters. That would be a 60 character increase from the original service. I think that would be sufficient to make the service all that it can be.

Too often I see users post a single thought in two separate tweets due to the character restriction of today. The limit feels even tighter when one uses Internet links and hash-tags for trending topics. Entire industries have been created to cope with the strict character limit imposed by Twitter. The countless number of URL shorteners are just one example.

Sure, the beauty of Twitter is in its limited simplicity. I do appreciate that. However, I often find myself posting the same thought to Facebook and Twitter simultaneously. When I do so, I usually have to severely crop my original post to fit within Twitter’s limitations. The result of the final text is quite often a dimmer representation of what I was trying to say in the first place.

So come on, Twitter, give us all a little more space to say what we want to say.

Author: Craig Tisinger


One thought on “Twitter Should Increase Its Character Limit”

  1. I didn’t directly address this in my article, but normal text messages have a 160-character limit. Perhaps Twitter should simply boost the limit to that amount. It would only give users 20 more characters, but every little bit helps when you’re trying to squeeze a long thought in a tight space.

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