Elon Musk announces 'longer tweets coming soon' to Twitter, to ditch 280 character limit

Twitter had initially pegged the character limit at 140 but doubled the number in 2018

Elon Musk announces 'longer tweets coming soon' to Twitter, to ditch 280 character limit
Elon Musk is also planning to find a new leader for Twitter (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: As Elon Musk is on his way to shaking up the entire working structure of his new company, there’s another huge announcement made by the Twitter owner. As per his announcement on Thursday morning, November 17, the "Chief Twit" has confirmed that his team will be dropping the 280 character limit on Twitter "soon." Musk made the tweet on an 82-tweet-long thread, “Ability to do long tweets coming soon.” His latest promise is one among many, including an edit button, and blue tick benefits with lesser ads.

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The Tesla founder brought this issue into focus back in April, while expressing that "Twitter is *way* overdue for long form tweets." This was followed, by his reply in October, "absolutely" to a Twitter user asking if he could "get rid of character limit." Despite enjoying all the media’s spotlight and his unique working style, Musk recently told that he will be finding someone else to helm the company, and will be devoting lesser time to Twitter. “I expect to reduce my time at Twitter and find somebody else to run Twitter over time,” he said. Musk soon added, in another tweet that meanwhile he will continue to run Twitter and will get it in a "strong place" before letting someone else handle it. The Space X owner also expected that it will "take some time."

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The social media platform initially pegged the character limit at 140 but doubled the number in 2018. The move was made to allow users to "express themselves" more freely. Interestingly, the data from Twitter at the time showed most of the users continue to use shorter texts.

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In February, reports came out that the organization is working towards introducing a new feature called, ‘Twitter Articles’. It is meant to allow the users of the microblogging platform to post lengthier messages without any severe restrictions. However, by the time June came, it had evolved into ‘Twitter Notes’ which was said to allow Twitteratis to post blogs with up to 2,500 words. The feature included text, photos, videos, GIFs, and embedded tweets as options within a single piece of content, and would have allowed editing afterward, but it fizzled out at the testing stage, reported the Daily Mail.

As Musk continues restructuring strong fundamentals, the Washington Post, reported on Monday, November 14, that employees were asked to sign a pledge that in order to stay at their roles, they would be "working long hours at high intensity."

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