Twitter is reportedly prepping a new product that will allow people to post items beyond its traditional 140-character limit.
As Re/Code reports, “it’s unclear what the product will look like, but sources say it would enable Twitter users to publish long-form content to the service. Users can already tweet out blocks of text with products like OneShot, but those are simply images, not actual text published on Twitter. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment.”
That’s right, so the worst over-sharers who go off on crazy screeds via social media (you know who they are on Facebook) will likely be able to share the same stupid minutiae via Twitter.
As Re/Code states, it’s a move that has been under discussion at Twitter for years.
“Twitter is desperate to find new ways to attract users to the product. On his first earnings call as CEO, [Jack] Dorsey was critical of some of the company’s most recent product changes and expressed the need for Twitter to reach a more mainstream audience,” Re/Code writes. “Tweaking the character count or allowing for longer tweets are ways to try and do that.”
According to the New York Times, talk is heating up that Dorsey will take the helm of Twitter and lead two companies, the other being Square.
Dorsey’s been acting as an interim CEO for Twitter, but “some Twitter investors and Square investors are now publicly proclaiming that Mr. Dorsey is the right man for the job — both of them,” the Times states.
What do you think? Does anyone need more than 140 characters on Twitter?