What would you do with a 10,000 character limit on Twitter?

By: Rachel Dwornick 

Recently I read an article on Mashable that talked about the rumor that Twitter may be changing the limit of characters in a tweet from 140 characters to 10,000 (source). In the article it is reported that you would still only see 140 characters on your news feed, but it would allow you to click to expand so you could read the full tweet.

As many of us know, Twitter is known for its 140 character limit. I know we have all sat there trying to find ways to shorten our tweets using symbols to replace words or deleting a hashtag so we can post our tweet. Well, this got me thinking, what would Twitter be like with the ability to use 10,000 characters per tweet?

One big way Twitter would change is that users would be able to create tweets with more information and content than ever before. Trying to sum up an event or tell about a promotion would be easier than ever for a company with the use of 10,000 characters. News stations could provide more information about a news story without you having to click on a link.

For the everyday user like me, we could tweet about something that happened to us that day, or about our guilty pleasure of binge watching our new favorite show on Netflix all day long. Twitter users could tweet at a company about a problem they are having with their product or service without having to just say we are frustrated. The opportunities are truly endless if Twitter increased its character limit.

For me personally, I don’t know if Twitter increasing the character limit is a good or bad. All I know is that if they do, us PR students should embrace it and learn new tactics we can use when it comes to Twitter.

Rachel Dwornick is a senior at Eastern Michigan University studying public relations with a minor in communications. She holds the position of Member Relations in PRSSA and is an active member of Alpha Xi Delta. Follow her on Twitter at @racheldwornick.


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