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Perhaps one of the fastest-developing forms of social media in


recent years, Twitter is a platform for users to share, communicate,

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and read about virtually any topic of interest. A one-of-a-kind

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microblogging network, Twitter operates under one fundamental


rule: all posts, known as tweets, must be limited to 140 characters
in length. This limit has been a distinguishing and dening aspect of

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Twitters identity as a social media website; what makes it dierent


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Instagram, and Pinterest, is that its users can only share posts of
140 characters or less.
In recent news, however, ocials and sta at Twitter, inc. have
been considering the possibility of introducing long-form content
to the websiteessentially doing away with the 140-character limit.

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A topic of much debate, this idea has received varied praise and
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conversation stirring.

Some opponents of removing the 140-character limit on Twitter


argue that doing so would reduce the ease of browsing that users
are drawn to. Evan Dashevsky, writer for PC Magazine, writes that
The human brain is designed to see patterns. Thats what makes
Twitter . . . such a great funnel of information. Further explaining
that tweets under 140 characters are favorable for the purpose of
quickly and easily scanning through a feed of information and

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disregarding whats unimportant to users, Dashevksy writes that

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With six Oscars,


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expanding the limit would make the river of global information . . .


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addition to this argument, other rivals of an expanded character

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limit claim that this move would detract from the websites more

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popular tech-news website TechnoBualo, writes that Twitters


140-character limit is what gives the social network its unique
style. Eliminating this fundamental and long-standing rule from its
website will inevitably spur conversation about dierent ways in
which Twitter can set itself apart from other popular social media

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substantial dening characteristic. Jacob Kleinman, writer for the

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sites.
Although there has been much criticism surrounding the proposal

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of this change, supporters of the idea have equally convincing

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get rid of the limit argue in favor of those posting tweets. Eugene

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limit make arguments for users reading tweets, many advocating to


Wei, the former head of product for Flipboard, stated that the limit
alienates a lot of people who hate having to edit a thought

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multiple times just to t it in the arbitrary limit.


Moreover, supporters of ditching the limit reason that Twitter users
have gured out ways to get around the 140-character limit

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anyway. Some post screenshots of lengthier pages of text, while


others post tweetstorms, a term commonly used to describe a

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eectiveness and enforcement.

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tweetseectively connecting fragments of a post into a cohesive


series of linked tweets. These and other ways to dodge the 140character limit arguably defeat its purpose and invalidate its

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limit has been a source of tremendous disagreement amongst


opinionated internet voices. Some bloggers and online writers
suggest a compromise on the matter: it has been recommended
that Twitter should introduce a read more link option on tweets.
The idea is that users can scroll through their Twitter feed and will

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only view the rst 140 characters of a tweet, regardless of its full
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length, with the option to read more of tweets of their choosing.


The topic is still being deliberated on by Twitter ocials for now,

but well have to wait and see which sides arguments eventually
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