There has been a lot of talk recently about Twitter’s proposed relaxation of the 140 character limit for tweets.
Well, I say a lot of talk. More accurately, quite a lot of moaning.
I can’t see what the fuss is about to be honest. The “point” of Twitter isn’t the 140 character tweet limit. If that was the point then embedding images, vines, gifs etc wouldn’t be as fundamental part of the experience.
Your timeline isn’t going to become a column of blogs, rather than a column of tweets. All that’s going to change is that the experience of “read more” is going to keep you on Twitter, rather than send you somewhere else.
Why should “text” have fewer options for engagement than imagery or video? Doesn’t make that much sense to me to keep the limit.
And if you’re worried about people becoming all verbose and spammy – unfollow them. You get the timeline you deserve, basically.
And if people get mass unfollowed because they can’t keep it brief, then they will soon sort themselves out.
I guess we’ll see, but if Twitter owns the one-to-many communication space, then more options in how to communicate is a good thing, in my opinion.