Twitter Users Listed All The Things They Need More Than 280 Characters And We Are Screaming
27 September 2017, 14:05 | Updated: 27 September 2017, 14:18
"Idea: instead of 280 characters, keep it at 140 characters and bring back Vine."
Twitter has announced that the days of the pithy 140 character tweet are behind us. Founder @Jack tweeted about the company's decision to test 280 characters on the site, calling it a solution to a "real problem".
This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence! https://t.co/TuHj51MsTu— jack (@jack) September 26, 2017
Twitter users will now be able to convey a paragraph of thought and not everyone is psyched about the change.
Some people suggested that Jack's statement didn't need more characters, it needed an editor.
Others were worried about what is bound to happen when Twitter trolls realise they can send death threats that are twice as long.
Now we'll get 280 character death threats instead of 140 character death threats. Twitter, tackle the real problems.— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) September 26, 2017
And now, a thread about why short tweets are preferable...oh wait...
why shorter tweets are actually better (1/35)— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) September 26, 2017
JUST BAN THE BAD PEOPLE @JACK
twitter: 140 is an arbitrary number— jomny sun (@jonnysun) September 26, 2017
me: pls.. pplease just ban th--
twitter: SO WHAT IF we took that arbitrary number and say… double it??
We're all still waiting for that edit button with bated breath.
Hey @Twitter instead of 280 characters how about giving us an edit button. You can even limit the edit to within 5 minutes of tweeting.— Ben (@BenHowe) September 27, 2017
new twitter character limit, but instead of 280 characters it’s 69 characters— Steve Luvender (@steveluvender) September 26, 2017
Idea: instead of 280 characters, keep it at 140 characters and bring back Vine.— Mitch Goldstein (@mgoldst) September 26, 2017
A picture is worth 140 280 characters.
140 character twitter vs 280 character twitter pic.twitter.com/6FHyHgGSxQ— Laura Waddell (@lauraewaddell) September 27, 2017
Most importantly, there were heroes out there who used their 280 for good.
Speaking as one of the small group of people who've been selected to test the 280 character limit, please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please change it back you dreadful people.— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) September 27, 2017
It looks like Twitter will have to deal with this torrent of ridicule as long the platform's real problem of abusive behaviour remains.
Jack responded to the "snark" by saying it was par for the course and that he hoped users would give it a chance.
We expected (and !) all the snark & critique for #280characters. Comes with the job. What matters now is we clearly show why this change is important, and prove to you all it’s better. Give us some time to learn and confirm (or challenge!) our ideas. https://t.co/qJrzzIluMw— jack (@jack) September 27, 2017