Twitter to expand past 140-character tweet limit

Posted at 9:32 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 20:31:28-05

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Twitter appears ready to loosen its decade-old restriction on the length of messages to give its users more freedom and make its service more appealing to a wider audience.

CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey telegraphed that change is coming in a tweet he posted Tuesday a few hours after the technology news site Re/Code reported Twitter is exploring increasing its limits on text from 140 characters to as many as 10,000.

Dorsey didn't directly address the Re/Code report that cited unnamed people, but he made it clear that Twitter isn't wedded to the 140-character limit. He made his point by posting a screenshot of a text consisting of 1,325 characters.

Of course it led to numerous responses from Twitter users across the globe. Most notably, were requests for an "edit button" before expanding the character count. 

Going so far as to prompt an Alabama Sheriff's Lieutenant to comment.

Twitter declined to comment on its plans.

Whatever Twitter does next, Dorsey pledged most tweets will remain "short and sweet."