Twitter is well-known for its short, to-the-point posts —there's not essay from your friend from high school about her gushing over the guy she's only known for two weeks or a weird rant from the kid from your Philosophy 102 class.
Well, all of that is about to change. Twitter proposed this past Tuesday that it's thinking of doubling its character count to 280 characters, according toThe New York Times.
“When people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people tweeting,” Twitter previously said in a blog post about the potential change.
The reason for the longer tweets is so that users can post less and finish their thoughts in one concise tweet.
The 11-year-old social media platform — founded on the basis of brevity — has been thinking of ways to update their system without alienating old and new users. With over 300 million users, Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Just last year, Twitter updated to make the use of photos and GIFs in posts not count against character limit.
The change will be rolling out in groups around the world, and even when it may hit your area, only a selected few individuals will receive the 280 character treatment.