Late yesterday Twitter announced a inconceivable for time-pressed reporters everywhere by divulgence it is contrast doubling a impression length of tweets.
Farewell honeyed abruptness of 140chars. Hello purposeless additional blah-blah-blah #280.
Let’s do this! https://t.co/JUT8oemc9g
— Ed Ho (@mrdonut) Sep 26, 2017
But because oh because is Twitter doing this?
“In all markets, when people don’t have to squeeze their thoughts into 140 characters and indeed have some to spare, we see some-more people tweeting,” wrote product manager, Aliza Rosen, in a rather boring blog post explainer about a pierce — that even enclosed a graph!
Though not a graph of Twitter’s user enlargement not growing.
(Here, we bound Rosen’s reason to fit it in distant fewer characters: ‘We’re perplexing to repair our growth problem.’)
While Rosen talked about Twitter wanting “every chairman around a universe to simply demonstrate themselves on Twitter”, there was no specific contention about how Twitter’s 140 imprisonment competence be exacerbating cryptic debate in a open domain.
By, for example, branch nuanced contention into polarized arguments and passionate abuse. Or “shouty crap” as a co-worker some-more concisely put it.
(Also not in Rosen’s post: Any graphs detailing Twitter’s problem with violent function on a platform.)
But even if Twitter didn’t wish to explicitly plead a problem of trolls and bullies on a platform, it competence be anticipating a enlargement to 280 characters encourages people to chatter less, well, “shouty crap”.
Which is indeed a possibility. Though there is also a flip-side probability that — for instance — the stream boss of a U.S. will usually get double a volume of newsworthy chatter space with that to bluster chief annihilation.
Or, to put it another way…
TWITTER USERS: It would be good if we stopped people creation genocide threats.
TWITTER: OK, nonetheless what if those genocide threats could be LONGER?
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) Sep 26, 2017
Whether Trump, with 280 characters sealed and loaded, will unexpected remove a titillate to chatter during “Rocket Boy” (10chars) — and instead feel changed to residence a “Chairman of a Workers’ Party of Korea and autarchic personality of a Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” (103chars) does seem rather doubtful though.
So sure, a box for 280 posits there’s during slightest an event for shade to exist inside a (double-sized) tweet. But a criminal says that unequivocally depends on who’s doing a tweeting.
(Or a ‘ttwweeeettiinngg’ as it should unequivocally now be termed.)
Here’s my TC co-worker Josh Constine demonstrating how it’s ideally probable to fit a lot of high peculiarity information into Twitter’s existent 140 impression extent though cheering and/or being differently tactless/impolite.
280 impression count means reduction treacherous abbreviations some-more nuance, reduce skimability. But during slightest it’s easier for Twitter rookies
— Josh Constine (@JoshConstine) Sep 26, 2017
Ergo, it ain’t chatter distance that matters Twitter — it’s what we do with a characters that counts.
But regardless of possibly 280 characters leads to a wider expansion of tinge on Twitter — and in a box of Trump, when/if he gets handed a chief codes to #280, to a new understanding on tact and a reduction destabilized geopolitical universe (we can nonetheless hope!) — @Jack co can during slightest console themselves that advertisers will find copiousness of uses for all a additional selling genuine estate Twitter is going to be giving them.
See for e.g.
What do we devise to share with 280 characters on Twitter?
— Mi (@xiaomi) Sep 27, 2017
So, from Twitter’s indicate of perspective during least, there are a satisfactory few intensity pros stacking adult underneath a ‘let’s kill a tweet’ chief option, alongside their categorical regard here: Trying to lessen investors.
Pros like being reduction approaching to be blamed for an overly obvious chatter triggering chief war.
While disrupting a workflow of a (small) hardcore of users who rest on Twitter to be a reliably unenlightened and mostly self-manageable digital information network in an increasingly misinformation jam-packed and algorithmically tranquil universe is clearly a obtuse consideration.
And during this indicate in a fast sharpening story of social media’s impact on democracy and multitude who, indeed, can censure them.
Even if some-more amicable media doesn’t required sound like a good resolution to problems being exacerbated by amicable media. Whatever a amicable media giants say.
Tech tweets on #280
Below is a season of opinions on Twitter’s #280 examination flush from a tech space — that runs a flattering full progression of views on mega tweets — from understanding (and/or sarcastic) to indifferent to vehement to frightened to snarky to artistic to vicious to navel-gazing to, well, carefree that a change competence finally mangle a addictive spell of Twitter…
Can’t wait for #bringback140.
We approaching (and ❤️!) all a snark critique for #280characters. Comes with a job. What matters now is we clearly uncover because this change is important, and infer to we all it’s better. Give us some time to learn and endorse (or challenge!) a ideas. https://t.co/qJrzzIluMw
— jack (@jack) Sep 27, 2017
Can’t wait for 280.
— Bill Gurley (@bgurley) Sep 26, 2017
I have so many things I’ve saved adult over a past year that are unequivocally usually expressable in 280 impression chunks. We live in extraordinary times.
— John Lilly (@johnolilly) Sep 26, 2017
I indeed don’t have clever feelings about a pierce from 140 to 280.
But that doesn’t make a Tweet next any reduction hilarious… https://t.co/sms7rpm2WA
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) Sep 26, 2017
Close your eyes.
Imagine Trump regulating Twitter.
Now suppose Trump regulating Twitter with 280 characters.
Now tighten Twitter.
— M.G. Siegler (@mgsiegler) Sep 26, 2017
Quite a lot of a malice on chatter is driven by misunderstanding: no room for shade or underling clauses. A small some-more room competence assistance that.
— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) Sep 27, 2017
I competence not be a fan of a 280 idea, nonetheless I’m a large fan of companies perplexing new stuff. Give Twitter a mangle for a moment…
— Dan Gillmor (@dangillmor) Sep 27, 2017
Twitter usually disrupted a whole cropped screenshot of content industry. Brutal.
— Aaron Levie (@levie) Sep 26, 2017
So, a new Twitter impression extent is…
280 in text.
420 in `alt` content *per image*.
Up to 4 images per post.
280 + (420*4) = 1960
— ꧁Terence Eden꧂ ⏻ (@edent) Sep 27, 2017
omg tweets are now prolonged adequate for signatures!
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— Isaac Hepworth (@isaach) Sep 27, 2017
New 280 impression extent from Twitter? Me: pic.twitter.com/zQq4bILv0n
— Shen Ye (@shen) Sep 27, 2017
280 characters on a mobile device is going to demeanour like reading a book on a Kindle. Welcome to twindle, @twitter users.
— Dr. Chao (@evangelinechao) Sep 27, 2017
The good thing about going from 140 to 280 is that it competence hurt a information firmness of chatter exceedingly adequate to mangle my chatter habit
— Alex Bowles (@alexqgb) Sep 27, 2017
The negativity on 280 characters on @twitter is nonetheless another explanation that’s Silicon Valley hates change notwithstanding being “change agents.” 😉
— OM (@om) Sep 27, 2017
If this 280 impression thing happens I’m changing this Twitter feed to usually 24/7 scholarship novella erotica. You literally can’t stop me.
— SwiftOnSecurity (@SwiftOnSecurity) Sep 27, 2017
Instead of 280 characters, because not concede people to write longer tweets, afterwards auto-Tweet Storm them (numbered and auto-strung together).
— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) Sep 27, 2017
Pray for a studiousness and calm to wade by others’ 280 impression twitter-novellas, and a knowledge to never write them yourself.
— Pwn All The Things (@pwnallthethings) Sep 27, 2017
As a brook area tech company, Twitter usually had dual options to arrive during a preference of a new impression limit: possibly 101 or 280
— Matt Haughey ❤️❤️💛 (@mathowie) Sep 26, 2017
Twitter is doing a 2x hardfork and doubling a impression extent to 280 chars. First, it segregated a of reply-to’s. Just like Bitcoin. 😁 https://t.co/HhtNnkXwAS
— Charlie Lee (@SatoshiLite) Sep 26, 2017
“let me explain because a new 280 impression extent is bad by threading together 20 tweets”
— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) Sep 26, 2017
Maybe 280 impression prolonged tweets were a bad thought after all. https://t.co/d5sWqlyCgv
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) Sep 27, 2017
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