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Twitter becoming a second Facebook?

Earlier this month, Twitter announced that they are considering getting rid of their 140 character limit and potentially allowing up to 10,000 characters (the same number of characters allowed in Twitter direct messages).

Twitter's CEO and Co-Founder Jack Dorsey told BBC that the focus of their platform is on the fast, public, live, conversational nature and that with a continued focus on that,  tweets will remain short and conversational regardless of character limit. He also mentioned that the only reason for the 140 character restriction stemmed from the 160 SMS text restriction.

Personally, I think that allowing 10,000 characters completely changes the medium, moving it more towards another version of Facebook. I think that people go on Twitter to get away from the clogged timelines and endless rants. Twitter is a way to have quick conversations, and if more information is needed, a simple screenshot with more text or a link to a website will suffice. No need to change the medium entirely. 

I ran the following Twitter poll on my own page where I am mostly followed by millennials:

My followers who participated in the poll seemed to overwhelmingly agree that Twitter should maintain its short and sweet nature. My friend, Jack Hagler, tweeted back that he liked the 140 character limit because it forces people to be their best, and I agree. The current restriction eliminates the desire to include information that is not a necessity. While not every tweet is super important, I can at least expect news outlets to only share headlines with a link, and I don't have to read more than a 140 character post about somebody eating a sandwich or being bored at work. Imagine sifting through 10,000 character posts on either of those topics. And you know that the type of people who post like that will be the ones utilizing the full 10,000 characters.

Jack and I did agree, however, that Twitter could benefit from allowing people to tweet other users' handles, pictures, and videos without losing characters. Honestly, I'd be alright with them doubling the number of characters allowed and even going up to 300. As long as it doesn't become another medium to essentially write a novel about your political views, a bad driver, your love life, etc. That can stay on Facebook where it belongs.