If you use Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that you can add more characters to your Tweets. The 280 character limit experiment that Twitter randomly picked certain users to try back in September, has now become official for every Twitter user.
I think that this is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. I think it’s good because I love being able to get a full Tweet in without having to remove some of the words or attempt to shorten them….sometimes. When you are really trying to get your point across in a tweet, removing words can sometimes take away from the power in your message……especially if you’re ranting and raving about a topic you feel strongly about. On the other hand, I think the expansion to 280 characters is bad, mostly because, people ain’t really trying to read all that sh*t. Remember, a limited amount of characters is mostly what made Twitter so popular in the first place. Short and to the point. Not long drawn out paragraphs like Facebook and other social media sites. In the day and age we live in, just the sight of a bunch of words will deter a person from engaging with or even reading a Tweet, unless the Tweet comes from a person they are really interested in. This is a proven fact. In it’s want to reinvent itself, Twitter may have made a crucial mistake. Not understanding what made them popular in the first place. Maybe not. Maybe people will love the extra characters added to their tweets. Maybe most people will rarely use the extra characters and stick to keeping their tweets short and sweet. I guess we will just have to wait and see. It should be very interesting to watch though. What do you think about the new character limit?