Twitter Won’t Allow Longer Tweets in Near FutureAdded: Monday, March 21st, 2016
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Jack Dorsey, one of Twitter’s founders and its newly-reinstated CEO, confirmed that the much-loved 140-character limit of the service is “staying.” The recent speculations about the microblogging service switching from a 140-character limit to a 10,000-character limit faced opposition from Twitter users who felt committed to the platform’s built-in brevity.
Twitter is facing a difficult time now, trying to monetize the service and grow its user base like larger social networks. At the moment, Twitter has about 300 million users. Meanwhile, its stock price has been in a sharp decline for the past year: 12 months ago, its stocks were trading at over $50 per share; today’s rate is less than $17. The rumor about the 10,000 characters also affected the stock price, which dropped 2% overnight.
Twitter CEO tries to calm the users, many of whom opposed the changes introduced by Twitter over the past few months, calling them “poorly-judged and heavy-handed”.
Jack Dorsey was reinstated as acting Chief Executive Officer of Twitter last October after Dick Costolo’s resignation, and then became permanent CEO. After taking the office, he was targeted by many users for his desire to “fix a service that isn’t broken”. For example, 4 months ago the company replaced the star-shaped “favorite” button with a heart-shaped “like”, and many users believed it didn’t correspond with the way Twitter is used. They say they feel uncomfortable using the emotionally-positive “like” icon when reacting to bad news like school shootings or airplane crash.
Industry watchers also note that it wasn’t the first time that Twitter’s CEO has had to publicly disavow the rumors about the service. For example, in January 2016, users were upset to learn that the service was planning to change to an algorithmic order instead of chronological. As a result, its stock price again took a hit. Jack Dorsey had to explain that timelines were not going to change, but an optional algorithmic “show me the best tweets first” feature was later added.
The CEO’s tweets were not backed by any official comment from Twitter’s spokesperson. When asked if anything was changing with Twitter, Jack Dorsey responded that the team of developers was going to “change a lot and make Twitter better.” He also assured that 140 characters would stay.
Monday, March 21st, 2016
|it is sad this is breaking news. That's my tweet.|
|This is still around. Hopefully it will disappear soon. As if anyone would care.|
|twitter is a mystery for me, i don't see the purpose to follow 10K and having 10K followers just to see that they all write the same B.S >> "follow me and i will follow you"||
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