Jack Dorsey Says Twitter is Keeping its 140-Character Limit

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Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey told the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer that the social network’s signature 140-character limit isn’t going anywhere.

During the interview, the company’s CEO said:

“It’s staying. It’s a good constraint for us. It allows for of-the-moment brevity.”

Twitter’s chief executive was on the show Friday to celebrate Twitter’s 10th anniversary this month.

There had been rumours that Twitter would expand its character limit to 10,000 characters in a bid to also expand its audience. But many have also pointed out that doing so might undermine the quick, free-flowing, real-time culture of the social network. Dorsey, at least from his comments, appears to agree with that.

During the interview, Dorsey also reiterated that the company doesn’t censor its users or hide inflammatory content, so long as it adheres to the company’s standards. He said:

“Twitter’s always been about controls. People can follow whoever they want. And it’s our job to make sure they see the most important things and the things that matter to them. There are tweets that promote violence, which is against our terms of service, so people have controls to block and people have controls to mute.”

Twitter and Dorsey have been working hard to get more people to sign on to the network. Taking steps to curb harassment on the site while maintaining a devotion to free speech has been a particularly tricky part of the company’s efforts. The company is also just trying to make Twitter easier to use.

[via Engadget]

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  • winnertakesteve

    Are you sure he didn’t say:

    “that’s ridiculous, we definitely aren’t doing that….

    …this week”

    And then quietly make the change the week after that.

  • Now that would be funny. As long as I can tweet out my 140 character haikus still it’s all gravy