Elon Musk He continues with his changes on Twitter: now his sights are aimed at the number of characters in each tweet. The tycoon confirmed that the publication space it will go from 280 to 4000 characters, exceeding the current limit more than 14 times.
One user asked Musk if it was true “that Twitter is set to increase characters from 280 to 4000.” “Yes”, replied the head of the company, without giving details about it.
The reactions did not wait, a good part of them against.
Goodbye Twitter soon, now it will be a “new Facebook”
One of the first was Richard Garriott, video game maker and astronaut, creator of the immortality hard drive.
“Elon please don’t expand the short form for tweets,” he said. “The reason I use Twitter over Facebook and others is that no one can ask a long question and no one can expect a long answer. Once it’s in long form, my ability to wait for two-way brevity will be gone!”
Celal Karaman, a social media expert, said: “It would be a big mistake. The purpose of Twitter is to provide fast news. If this happens, a lot of real information is lost.”
But what is behind the increase in the number of characters, from 280 to 4000?
The possible reasons why Elon Musk will increase the number of characters on Twitter
Let’s remember that in 2017 there was a first increase, from 140 to 280 characters, double. Now he is much older. Why?
For Sushant Singh of The Echo Outlook the theme is for greater comfort for English-speaking users. “It is possible that (the critics) do not know that it is easy to convey the same message in some languages and it is more difficult in others,” launches the analyst.
“Japanese, Chinese and Korean are some of the languages that allow you to convey a message in a few words, while English speakers find it difficult to convey the same message within the same word limit.”
What would the expansion of characters in Elon Musk’s network be like?
Although the schedule of the changes has not been released, nor what the presentation will be like, most likely, Twitter will promote a blog that is reached through links on the platform. The 4,000 characters will not appear directly on the platform, but there will be a link that takes the reader to them.
It’s just an idea. And it does not mean that people are forced to comply with working with the 4000 characters: it only expands the space for whoever needs it.
“Although the demand for the increase in characters rose,” he says Gopolang Moloko, from the Meme Burn portal, “Twitter previously realized that increasing character spacing didn’t necessarily translate to more users typing.”
“Users with additional character space did not necessarily write more on the platform, an indication of continued support soon.”